While StudyBlue is used by millions of students at thousands of universities across the country, the following 10 schools are where StudyBlue is utilized the most. Here is a list of our top 10 schools by active user for the spring 2016 semester:
1. Texas A&M University
Located in College Station, Texas, Texas A&M is the fourth largest university in the country with a total of 64,376 students. As the first public institution for higher education in Texas, Texas A&M has a rich history starting in 1876. Since 1932, Aggies have participated in the Midnight Yell, a tradition that occurs on Kyle Field every night before home football games. This event started after the Yell Leaders decided to hold a midnight practice before the school’s big game against their biggest rival, Texas. Over the years the Yell has garnered a large gathering, including Yell Leaders, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and tens of thousands of students and alumni who line the field.
2. Iowa State University
Officially named Iowa State University of Science and Technology, this university was established in 1858 and is located in Ames, Iowa. As a co-educational institution from the start, Iowa State University was focused on higher education being accessible to all. When it comes to athletics, the Cyclones compete at the Division I level and are represented by the colors cardinal and gold. Historically, Iowa State University established a week-long festival called VEISHEA as a way to unify Iowa State’s multiple colleges and put on an end-of-the-year celebration for its students. The acronym for the event represented each school within the University: Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics and Agriculture. VEISHEA began in 1922 and, before being discontinued in 2014 due to rioting, was the largest student-run festival in the nation.
3. Arizona State University – Tempe
Arizona State University (ASU) has five campuses spread across the Phoenix metropolitan area and has approximately 82,060 students enrolled making it the largest university by enrollment in the United States. ASU, Tempe has the largest enrollment of the five campuses with 50,246 and is the oldest part of the university. The maroon and gold Sun Devils have won 23 national championships and have notable alumni such as Jimmy Kimmel and Temple Grandin. Grandin earned her master’s in animal science at ASU and is regarded as one of the most prominent autism and animal activists in the United States.
4. Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Established in 1766, Rutgers University – New Brunswick is the oldest of the Rutgers campuses and is referred to as the birthplace of college football. On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played at College Field between home team Rutgers and Princeton University. Originally Queen’s College, Rutgers got its new name from, American Revolutionary War hero and philanthropist, Henry Rutgers.
5. Illinois State University
As the oldest public university in Illinois, Illinois State University was founded in 1857. The university was originally established as a training school for teachers, and is considered today was one of the top ten largest producers of teachers in the United States. Probably one of the most surprising facts about Illinois State is that its campus is home to the tallest dormitory in the world–Watterson Towers–which stands 298.5 feet tall and contains 28 stories. It was completed in 1969 and is the highest vantage point between St. Louis and Chicago.
6. University of Tennessee
Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee was established two years prior to joining the Union as the 16th state. Located in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee is represented by the colors orange and white and have had ten different actual Bluetick Coonhound dogs represent them as their mascot from 1955 to the present. The marching band, Pride of the Southland Band, is one of the oldest in the country, performing at halftime of Tennessee football games for decades.
7. University of Wisconsin – Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the birthplace of StudyBlue, was the first public university established in Wisconsin in 1858. This university excels both academically and athletically, as it considered to be one of the United States’ “Public Ivy universities” and has won 28 national championships at the Division I level. Known for its rowdy tailgating scene, Wisconsin prides itself on having some of the best school spirit in the country. The Badgers football team and House of Pain’s “Jump Around” have become synonymous with one another, as the school has blasted the hyped tune before the fourth quarter of games since Homecoming in 1998. “Jump Around” has been named the best college football tradition in the country numerous times.
8. Blinn College
Blinn College, a two-year academic institution, has campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenberg, and Sealy, Texas. As the only community college on our top 10 active users list, Blinn College was ranked one of the most affordable community colleges in the country. Represented by the Buccaneer and the colors blue and white, Blinn has won 30 national championships since 1937.
9. University of Alabama
Established in 1831, the University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama’s sports teams are known as the Crimson Tide and are represented by an elephant. The phrase “Roll Tide,” which is often cheered by students and fans of Alabama sports teams, was said to illustrate the resemblance between the varsity football team running on the field and the ocean’s tide rolling in.
10. University of Missouri
Founded as the first public institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri is located in Columbia. Informally known as Mizzou, the university’s Homecoming celebration stands as the largest student-run event of its kind in the country. In addition to the football game, Mizzou puts on a Homecoming parade, spirit rally, blood drive and talent competition, among other activities.
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