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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No.1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first 14 times in the last 17 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).
What's NU? With its main campus in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Northwestern University (NU) serves its 16,500 students through around a dozen schools and colleges such as the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Medill School of Journalism. Its Chicago campus houses the schools of law and medicine, as well as several hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center. With a faculty of 2,500, the school has a student-teacher ratio of 7:1. NU is home to several research centers and community outreach programs; it also has a branch in Qatar. It is the only private member of the Big 10 conference; varsity sports include baseball, football, basketball, and fencing.
Founded in 1876 with a $7 million bequest from its namesake, The Johns Hopkins University established its reputation from the beginning by molding itself in the image of a European research institution. While renowned for its School of Medicine, the private university offers 50 majors and 40 minors spanning fields of study including arts and sciences, business, and international studies. 2010 fall enrollment was just about 7,000 students. Johns Hopkins, has about a half-dozen campuses in Maryland and Washington, DC, as well as international facilities in China and Italy. The student-teacher ratio is 12:1. The affiliated Johns Hopkins Health System provides health care from its three Baltimore-area hospitals.
Washington University in St. Louis is the gateway to higher education for more than 13,000 students. Founded in 1853, the independent university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in more than 300 academic programs and has about 3,300 faculty members. It offers approximately 1,900 courses in fields such as arts and sciences, business, design and visual arts, engineering, law, medicine, and social work. The university, which has multiple campuses in and near the city of St. Louis, also offers associate degree and continuing education programs. The affiliated Washington University Medical Center is an acute-care hospital that also provides educational training and research services.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin when he had a little down time between establishing a country and experimenting with lightning. Since opening its doors to students in 1751, the Ivy League university has accumulated a notable list of accomplishments, including the creation of one of the first medical schools in the US. The university has about 21,000 students who pursue their studies in four undergraduate schools and a dozen graduate and professional schools, including the renowned Wharton School and the Annenberg School for Communications. Its student-teacher ratio is very low 6:1. Former president Judith Rodin was the first female to head an Ivy League university.
"Have a Coke and a smile" means more to Emory University than it does to the rest of the world. The school, which has some 13,300 students and about 12,500 staff and faculty members, has a very low student-teacher ratio of about 7:1. It changed from Emory College to Emory University in 1915 thanks to a $1 million donation from Coca-Cola Company owner Asa Candler. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in fields including medicine, theology, law, and business. Founded in 1836, the university also maintains research centers and partners with HCA to offer managed health care. Nearly 90% of Emory University's graduate students were pursuing a PhD in 2009-2010.
Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) is hardly general. The 200-year-old acute care hospital is Harvard Medical School's original and largest teaching hospital. With some 900 beds, Mass General has its main campus in Boston and operates several health centers in surrounding communities. Its specialized medical departments include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and diabetes and endocrinology. As a leading research facility, Mass General hosts a gaggle of clinical trials and has an annual research budget approaching $700 million. The hospital is a founding member of the Partners HealthCare System (along with Brigham and Women's).
Stanford is one of the world's leading research universities, boasting respected and entrepreneurial programs in business, earth, engineering, law, medicine, education and humanities and sciences. Stanford serves approximately 7,000 undergraduate students and 9,000 graduate students with a student-teacher ratio of about 4:1. In 2015, Stanford has over 5,000 research projects with a $1.33 billion budget. There are 2,200 faculty members and 13,000 staff members, including employees in the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which is a partnership with the Department of Energy. Stanford’s campus, consisting of over 8,000 acres, continues to expand beyond The Farm. As the campus grows, with locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, so does our pioneering spirit and ability to innovate, discover and explore new fields. A private institution, Stanford is supported through an endowment of more than $21 billion, one of the largest in the US.
Baylor College of Medicine trains 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows each semester. The private college has a full-time faculty of about 1,700. BCM, founded in 1900, offers 90 research and patient care centers and is affiliated with eight teaching hospitals (The Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, The Menninger Clinic, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, M.D. Anderson, DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memorial Hermann, and Ben Taub General).
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