Students come from all 50 states and from over 80 countries; from cities, suburbs, small towns and farms; from public, private and parochial schools; from every ethnic and religious background; and from across the economic spectrum. Based on longstanding tradition, many American universities are committed to making educational opportunities accessible to all.
American universities offer extraordinary scope. Students arrive with a remarkable diversity of interests as well as a wide variety of personal and professional goals or perhaps no clearly defined goals at all. What they share are keen intellectual curiosity, energy and an eagerness to fulfil their considerable promise. They seek a university with the resources to enable them to pursue their interests vigorously, whether their chosen area is philosophy, photography or physics; literature or linguistics; engineering or environmental studies. They find fellow students and teachers with whom they can share their passions and discover new ones, while forging friendships that will last a lifetime.