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Ten Best Graduate Schools in the USA

When we set out to identify the universities with the ten best graduate level programs in the nation we tried to identify five campus based institutions and five online institutions, with degrees of excellence based on these factors. We sought out schools that are recognized by their peer institutions and by national ranking systems as top flight schools. We also looked for universities that are large enough to have a range of graduate level degree options in the most popular academic options for most students: business, technology, education, nursing, and healthcare.

The list we developed after completing our research consists of a blend of our two categories. The first five schools are campus based institutions with traditional roots that happen also to have begun venturing into online education. The second five in our list are schools noted for their accredited online graduate programs, many of which also happen to offer campus based programs in a multitude of locations. In all cases however these are among the best in the business, whether you are looking for a classroom option or an accredited online degree.

1. University of Florida (UF) is one of the so-called "public ivy" universities because of the fact that it is a public university which enjoys high academic standings and respect. It is ranked seventeenth among all public universities in the country. UF has a very large campus, situated on 2,000 acres in Gainesville FL with over 49,000 students enrolled. The graduate programs include a top flight medical school, law school, fine arts department and business school. The College of Engineering, College of Education, School of Business, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences all offer online graduate degree programs.

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