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Big East Conference

A Diverse Group of 10 Colleges and Universities

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The Big East Conference is made up of a diverse group of 10 colleges located in the Northeast, Florida and Midwest. Members range from a small Catholic college to large state schools to highly selective private universities. The Big East is particularly strong in basketball. Admissions criteria vary widely, so be sure to click on the profile link to get more data.

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Butler University

Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall
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Located on a 290-acre campus, Butler University was founded in 1855 by the attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler. Undergraduates can choose from 55 degree programs, and the university has an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. Student life at Butler is active with over 140 student organizations. Students come from 43 states and 52 countries. Butler is one of the highest ranked universities in the Midwest.

  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,626 (3,889 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Butler University profile.

Creighton University

Creighton University Basketball
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Creighton University undergraduates can choose from over 50 academic programs, and the school has an impressive 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Biology and nursing are the most popular undergraduate majors. Creighton frequently ranks #1 among Midwest master's universities in U.S. News & World Report, and the school also wins high marks for its value.

  • Location: Omaha, Nebraska
  • School type: private Jesuit university
  • Enrollment: 7,730 (4,153 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bluejays
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Creighton University profile.

DePaul University

DePaul University
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With roughly 24,000 students between its graduate and undergraduate programs, DePaul University is the largest Catholic University in the country, and one of the largest private universities. DePaul has one of the best service-learning programs in the U.S.

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 25,398 (16,384 undergraduates)
  • Team: Blue Demons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the DePaul University profile

Georgetown University

Georgetown University
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With an acceptance rate around 20%, Georgetown is the most selective of the Big East universities. Georgetown takes advantage of its location in the country's capital -- the university has a significant international population, and study abroad and International Relations are both extremely popular.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 17,130 (7,590 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hoyas
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Georgetown University profile

Marquette University

Marquette University
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Marquette University is a private, Jesuit, Roman Catholic University. The university typically places well on rankings of national universities, and its programs in business, nursing and the biomedical sciences are worth a close look. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Marquette was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 12,002 (8,387 undergraduates)
  • Team: Golden Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Marquette University profile

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence College is the smallest member of the Big East conference. This Catholic college typically ranks well for both its value and its academic quality when compared to other master's-level colleges in the Northeast. Providence College's curriculum is distinguished by a four-semester long course on western civilization that covers history, religion, literature and philosophy.

  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 4,769 (4,174 undergraduates)
  • Team: Friars
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Providence College profile

St. John's University

St. John's University
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St. John's University is one of the stronger Catholic universities in the United States. The university has a diverse student population, and among undergraduates pre-professional programs such as business, education, and prelaw are quite popular.

  • Location: Queens, New York
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 21,067 (15,766 undergraduates)
  • Team: Red Storm
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. John's University profile

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University
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With a park-like campus just 14 miles from New York City, students at Seton Hall can easily take advantage of opportunities on campus and in the city. As a mid-sized university, Seton Hall provides a healthy balance of research and teaching. Undergraduates will find 60 programs from which to choose, a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 25.

  • Location: South Orange, New Jersey
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 9,656 (5,148 undergraduates)
  • Team: Pirates
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Seton Hall University profile

Villanova University

Villanova University
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Founded in 1842, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. Located just outside of Philadelphia, Villanova is well known for both its strong academics and athletic programs. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a recognition of its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • School type: Private, Catholic
  • Enrollment: 10,661 (7,111 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Villanova University profile

Xavier University

Xavier University Basketball
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Founded in 1831, Xavier is one of the oldest Jesuit universities in the country. The university's preprofessional programs in business, education, communications and nursing are all popular among undergraduates. The school was granted a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 6,945 (4,540 undergraduates)
  • Team: Musketeers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Xavier University profile
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