Brief Description: Private research university located in the “City of Medicine” – Durham, North Carolina.

High Honors: Duke ranked #9 in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges of 2011 list.
March Madness: Duke’s athletes, known as the Blue Devils, compete in 26 NCAA Division 1 varsity sports and the men’s basketball team is among the country’s elite. Duke has won the national championship title in men’s basketball four times since 1991.

Fun Fact: Duke’s West Campus is home to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a 55-acre garden featuring more than 8,000 species of plants. The Gardens are free and open to the public year-round.

Brief Description: The University of Florida – located in Gainesville, Florida – is one of the nations’ largest and most academically diverse public universities.
 
High Honors: UF consistently garners high marks for value as a public college and a 95% freshman retention rate.
 
Go for the Gold: Since the late 1960s, more than 140 UF athletes and 13 UF coaches have competed in 11 Olympic Games and won 90 medals – including 44 gold medals.
 
Fun Fact: UF’s research efforts over the years have produced hundreds of commercial products Americans use every day – including Gatorade.