High school graduates and those looking to start college soon may be looking to enter one of the 10 hottest universities. These universities may be "hot" because they're among those universities that everyone seems to be talking about, or they may be "hot" for particular programs of study offered. They may also simply be "hot" because of their location.
- Cornell University/ Cornell has been among the hottest universities for the last few years. Among the Ivy League schools, Cornell features one of the world's top engineering programs, as well as placing an emphasis on problem-solving and scholarly debate.
- University of Florida. The University of Florida is among the hottest for football prospects. It is also ranked within the top ten cheapest colleges and was ranked #4 on Playboy's Top US Party Schools for 2009.
- California Institute of Technology. CalTech places an emphasis on natural sciences and engineering, manages the Jet Propulsion Lab belonging to NASA for the development of unmanned space probes, and was ranked among the top 15 of US News' Colleges with the Most International Students of 2009.
- Georgetown University. Located within Washington D.C., Georgetown is one of the hottest universities in a big city area. It is also one of the most expensive colleges to attend, which could contribute to its hotness.
- Johns Hopkins University. A favorite among those looking to go on to medical school, the university's undergrad programs were ranked within the top 15 in the world by U.S. News and World Report, and the medical school was ranks second best in 2009, behind Harvard.
- Cooper Union. Officially called The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, this privately-funded school in Manhattan has featured full scholarships to students accepted for the past century and a half. US News and World Report ranked them #88 in 2009 on the list of Colleges in the US with Highest Graduation Rates.
- University of Texas at Austin. One of the original eight Public Ivy Institutions, UT Austin is the main school of the University of Texas System. Since 2007, UT Austin has been among the top five for the largest enrollment at a single campus and the school was ranked #2 on Playboy's 2009 Top U.S. Party Schools list.
- Eastman School of Music. In Rochester, NY, The Eastman School of Music is relatively small, with only about 1000 or less students enrolled, split between graduate and undergraduate level. Roughly a quarter of the students are international students. The entrance is competitive, with only about 13% of applications accepted as new students each year, but the school was ranked #1 or #2 in seven performing arts categories in US News and World Report for 2009.
- Babson College. This private school awards all its undergraduate students with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Those wishing to continue on to an MBA may apply for the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College when they complete their undergraduate studies as well. Babson College was ranked 32 by US News for Colleges in the US with the Highest Graduation Rates in 2009.
- University of Richmond. Offering undergraduate programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Leadership Studies, Law, and Continuing Studies, The University of Richmond is among the top hottest colleges in the US. It was ranked among the top law schools of 2010 and in the top 100 for best on-campus housing.
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