Villanova University is a private research university in Radnor Township, United States. Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to old Saint Augustine's Church, which the Augustinian friars founded in 1796, to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, established in 1811. U. S. News & World Report ranks Villanova as tied for the 46th best National University in the U. S. for 2018. The university is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association. In October 1841, two Augustinian friars from Saint Augustine's Church in Philadelphia purchased the 200-acre "Belle Air" estate in Radnor Township with the intention of starting a school; the school, called the "Augustinian College of Villanova", opened in 1842. However, the Philadelphia Nativist Riots of 1844 that burned Saint Augustine's Church in Philadelphia caused financial difficulties for the Augustinians, the college was closed in February 1845.
The college reopened in 1846 and graduated its first class in 1847. In March 1848, the governor of Pennsylvania incorporated the school and gave it the power to grant degrees. In 1859, the first master's degree was conferred on a student. In 1857, the school closed again as the demand for priests in Philadelphia prevented adequate staffing, the crisis of the Panic of 1857 strained the school financially; the school remained closed throughout the Civil War and reopened in September 1865. Its prep department moved to Malvern, a town along the Main Line, is still run by the order; the School of Technology was established in 1905. In 1915, a two-year pre-medical program was established to help students meet medical schools' new requirements; this led to a four-year pre-medical program, the B. S. in biology, the founding of the sciences division in 1926. Villanova was all-male until 1918, when the college began evening classes to educate nuns to teach in parochial schools. In 1938, a laywoman received a Villanova degree for the first time.
It was not until the nursing school opened in 1953 that women permanently began attending Villanova full-time. In 1958, the College of Engineering admitted its first female student. Villanova University became coeducational in 1968. During World War II, Villanova was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. After World War II, Villanova expanded, returning veterans swelling enrollments and the faculty growing fourfold. Additional facilities were built, in 1953, the College of Nursing and the School of Law were established. Villanova achieved university status on November 18, 1953. Between 1954 and 1963, 10 new buildings were built or bought on land adjacent to the campus, including Bartley and Dougherty Halls. Villanova University sits on 254 acres just 12 miles from Center City Philadelphia; the campus has 1,500 trees. The campus was known as Arboretum Villanova, but its status as an official arboretum was revoked after the university failed to meet rules and standards such as planting enough new trees and offering tours.
There are three named areas on the campus, all within easy walking distance: Main Campus contains most of the educational buildings, administration buildings, Student Center, Bookstore, the Villanova Chapel, the main cafeteria and a variety of coffee shops and eateries, the Athletic Center, the Pavilion, Villanova Stadium, many sophomore student residences. West Campus contains the Law School, St. Mary's hall some administrative buildings, housing for juniors as well as some seniors who are permitted to live on campus. Included are basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts and barbecue pits; the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale station – Villanova is here. There is the Law School parking garage in addition to apartment parking. South Campus contains Donohue Court and Donohue Market; the Norristown High Speed Line has a stop right behind Stanford Hall. The most prominent campus feature is St. Thomas of Villanova Church, whose dual spires are the university's tallest structure; the cornerstone was laid in 1883, construction ended in 1887.
Built in the Gothic Revival style, the church was renovated in 1943 and 1992. The church lies at the head of the path crossing Lancaster Avenue into the parking lots and toward South Campus, it is a popular meeting place for students, hosts three student-oriented masses on Sunday nights at 5:30, 7, 9 p.m. The church is home to St. Thomas of Villanova Parish; the stained-glass windows of the church depict the life of St. Augustine of Hippo. Behind the Church is Mendel Field, around which sit six major campus buildings: Mendel Hall, named for pioneering geneticist and Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel, holds science labs, lecture halls, other facilities, its two large buildings are connected underground and by a second-floor indoor bridge that forms the gateway between West and Main Campus. In 1998, the college commissioned a 7-foot bronze sculpture of Mendel by Philadelphia sculptor James Peniston, installed it outside the hall's entrance. Tolentine Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, houses classrooms, academic offices such as the Registrar's Office and the Office of the President, computer labs, is connected to Vi
Michael F. O'Koren is an American basketball coach and former player and broadcaster from Jersey City, New Jersey. O'Koren was last an assistant coach at Rutgers University. A graduate of The University of North Carolina, where he played under Dean Smith, O'Koren was a first round draft pick of the New Jersey Nets in 1980 and played for the Nets and Washington Bullets in a career that ended in 1988. After his retirement, O'Koren joined the Nets' broadcast team and remained there until 1999, when he joined Don Casey's staff as an assistant coach, he returned to Washington in 2003 when Eddie Jordan, with whom he had served in New Jersey, hired him to be the associate head coach of the Wizards. O'Koren served as an assistant under Jordan with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009–10 season. After he was let go by the 76ers, O'Koren returned to broadcasting and called high school games for FiOS1 New Jersey before Jordan hired him to serve on his staff at Rutgers in 2014. O'Koren attended Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City.
On a talent-laden 1977 UNC team as a freshman he averaged 13.9 points per game, scored 21 points against Duke in the ACC championship game and had 31 in the NCAA semi-finals against UNLV. As a sophomore his scoring rose to 17.8. He was second nationally with a 64.3 field goal percentage. In 1979, Carolina was picked to finish third or lower in all the 1979 ACC pre-season polls. But, Dudley Bradley, the nation's best defensive player, Al Wood, one of the top shooters in the college game, each improved their play on the opposite ends of the court. With O'Koren proven as a fine all-around player, the Tar Heels posted a 23-6 record, tied for first place in the league's regular-season race, swept the ACC Tournament and finished third nationally in the final coaches' poll. O'Koren was at his best in the biggest games, he grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, scored 17 points, handed out seven assists and had four steals in a 74-68 homecourt win over Duke. He held Gene Banks scoreless in the second half of that game.
He finished with five assists in a double overtime win over Virginia. In the ACC Tournament finals against Duke he had 11 rebounds, he scored Carolina's final 10 points that day in a 71-63 victory. As of 2013, O'Koren is the only player in North Carolina history to have scored at least 1,500 points, 800 rebounds and 300 assists, he had 183 steals and a career field goal percentage of 57.2. In his NBA career, O'Koren scored a total of 3,355 points, his best year as a professional came during the 1981–82 season as a member of the Nets, appearing in 80 games and averaging 11.4 ppg. In 1985, an analysis performed by USA Today crowned O'Koren the NBA's "Mr. Average", based on the league's players' ages, heights and statistics; when informed he was the NBA's average man, O`Koren said: "I don`t consider myself above average or below anyone. I guess that`s what makes me average." O'Koren was an assistant coach under Eddie Jordan for over a decade: first from 1999 to 2003 with the New Jersey Nets and 2003 to 2009 with the Washington Wizards.
In the 2009–10 season, O'Koren was an associate head coach with the Philadelphia 76ers again under Jordan. Basketballreference.com page
University of Portland
The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 6th in the west for regional universities in 2018 by U. S. News & World Report; the campus is located in the University Park neighborhood near St. Johns, on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. With a college of arts and sciences, it is the largest corporation in North Portland and has an annual economic impact on Portland of some $170 million. More than 13,000 alumni live in the Portland metropolitan area; the first institution located on Waud's Bluff was Portland University, established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1891. Amid financial setbacks following the Panic of 1893, Portland University vacated the Bluff Campus to hold classes from 1896 to 1897 in East Portland, where it was joined temporarily by the insolvent College of Puget Sound.
According to University of Portland tradition, Archbishop Alexander Christie, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, saw a large building on the bluff from aboard a ship on the nearby Willamette River. He learned that it was called West Hall and had been unoccupied for several years since the closure of Portland University; the Archdiocese purchased West Hall and the surrounding campus with financial assistance from the Congregation of Holy Cross, named the new institution Columbia University after the nearby Columbia River. The university opened its doors to 52 young men on September 5, 1901, with eight Roman Catholic priests from the local archdiocese serving as professors. At the request of the archbishop, the Congregation of the Holy Cross assumed ownership of the university in 1902. After two decades, Columbia University achieved junior college status. In 1925, the university's College of Arts and Sciences was founded, in 1929, a class of seven men were awarded the university's first bachelor's degrees.
In 1935, the school took on its present name. The 1930s saw the St. Vincent Hospital school incorporated to the University as the School of Nursing, the creation of the School of Business. In 1948 the school of Engineering was founded, followed by the Graduate School in 1950 and the School of Education in 1962. University of Portland admitted women to all courses of study in 1951. Prior to this transition, Marylhurst University had been the only Catholic institution of higher learning to serve the educational needs of Oregon women; the building housing the library was completed in 1957. In 1967 ownership of the school was transferred from the Congregation of Holy Cross to a board of Regents. Multnomah College became part of the University of Portland in 1969; the University of Portland was ranked the 23rd top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings. It is ranked as the 6th best "Regional University" and 12th "Best Value School" in the West by U.
S. News & World Report; the university is the top producer of Fulbright scholars in the entire nation among "master’s universities". Admission to UP is rated as "more selective" by U. S. News & World Report. For the fall of 2014, UP received 11,099 freshman applications; the average GPA of the enrolled freshmen was 3.63, while the middle 50% range of SAT scores were 540-660 for critical reading and 540-650 for math. Of the 48% of enrolled freshmen submitting class rank, 35% were in the top tenth of their high school graduating class and 73% were in the top quarter. UP has six divisions of study: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Pamplin School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the Shiley School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School; the most popular majors for undergraduates are Nursing, Marketing & Management, Elementary Education, Organizational Communication and Spanish. This is the liberal arts core of the university; the College of Arts and & Sciences has seventeen departments: Biology, Communication Studies, Environmental Science, International Languages & Cultures, Mathematics, Performing & Fine Arts, Physics, Political Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Social Work and Theology.
Several of the departments offer graduate programs in addition to their undergraduate majors, these programs dual report to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Dean of the Graduate School. The Communication Studies department offers a M. A. in Communication and a M. S. in Management Communication. The Performing & Fine Arts department offers the M. F. A. in Directing. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre; the Theology department offers a three-year Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. The M. A. P. M. Program was started in 2000 in collaboration with Gonzaga University, but in 2010 the partnership ended and the University of Portland continues to offer the program independently; the Pamplin School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its undergraduate program ranked as among the "Best Undergraduate Business Programs" by U. S. News and its Part-Time MBA is placed in U.
S. News' Best Grad School rankings; the undergraduate program offers a BA in Economics and a BBA in five different areas: Accounting, Economics, Marketi
Forward–center or Bigman is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. This means power forward and center, since these are the two biggest player positions on any basketball team, therefore more overlap each other. Forward–center came into the basketball jargon as the game evolved and became more specialized in the 1960s; the five positions on court were known only as guards and the center, but it is now accepted that the five primary positions are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center. A forward–center is a talented forward who came to play minutes at center on teams that need help at that position; the player could be a somewhat floor-bound center, under seven feet tall at the NBA level, whose skills suit him to a power forward position if that team has a better center. One such player is Marcus Camby of the New York Knicks. At 6'11", he plays as a center, but when he played for the New York Knicks earlier in his career, he played power forward because his team had one of the best pure centers in the league in 7'0" Patrick Ewing.
Ewing himself was used as a forward–center early in his career to complement the then-incumbent Knicks center, 7'1" Bill Cartwright. Ralph Sampson, at 7'4", was another notable forward–center who played center his rookie year in 1983. In 1984, he moved to power forward. Most forward-centers range from 6' 9" to 7' 0" in height. Other notable forward-centers include: Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Al Horford, Draymond Green. Tweener
Louis Brown Athletic Center
The Louis Brown Athletic Center, more known as the RAC, is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Piscataway, New Jersey on Rutgers University's Livingston Campus. The building is shaped like a truncated tent with trapezoidal sides on south ends, it is home to the men's and women's Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball teams as well as the wrestling team. The University used the 3,200-seat College Avenue Gym from 1931 to 1977; the arena opened on November 1977 with a win against rival Seton Hall. The arena was known as the Rutgers Athletic Center until 1986, when it was renamed for Louis Brown, a Rutgers graduate and former member of the varsity golf team, who made a large bequest to the University in his will. Despite the name change, the building is still referred to as "The RAC" by students, alumni and players; the RAC is renowned for being one of the loudest arenas in college basketball when at maximum capacity. The trapezoidal design of the building allows the crowd noise to resonate, creating a deafening environment.
The RAC has been described as being "louder than a 747 at Newark Airport."ESPN's Jay Bilas has lauded the RAC, saying, "The Scarlet Knights play great there, the crowd is right on top of you and intimidating."Former opponents have extolled the RAC's atmosphere. Former Connecticut Guard Ben Gordon said, "It is difficult at the RAC, they have a great home crowd. The student body and everybody comes out to support them. Just the way the gym is shaped, it seems. At times, if you're not focused, you can get lost in the game just by how intense the crowd is."Former Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick notes that "they are some of the best fans on the road that I’ve played against. It's crazy; the way the gym is made, it's just made to keep the noise in. It's loud and crazy down there." The arena was the home of the NBA's New Jersey Nets from their second year in the NBA, 1977, when the team moved from The Nassau Coliseum, until 1981, when the Brendan Byrne Arena opened at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. It hosted the 1985 and 1989 Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball tournaments.
The arena is the site for the girls and boys Middlesex County high school basketball tournament finals, various boys and girls New Jersey high school basketball state playoff games. On Saturday April 13, 1996, a Professional Bowler's Association tournament was broadcast live from the arena on ABC, the Johnny Petraglia Open; the Grateful Dead played at the Rutgers Athletic Center on May 15, 1981. Styx brought their Grand Illusion to the RAC on October 24, 1979. Linda Ronstadt played here on her "Living in the USA" tour and sang with a terrible sore throat. Linda Ronstadt played the RAC on April 11, 1980 for her "Mad Love" tour, on October 22, 1987, R. E. M. Played the RAC with 10,000 Maniacs opening; the arena was used on Friday, April 27, 2007 for Rutgersfest, an annual concert held outdoors, but held in the RAC that time due to rain. The performers were The Roots, Hawthorne Heights, Everclear. Due to lack of seating, only 5,000 tickets were given out, angering the 15,000 or so other students who were unable to attend.
May 3, 2008 The RAC hosted SpringBlaze 2008, a concert featuring Christian rock bands with a special appearance by Rutgers Football Head Coach Greg Schiano. On December 2, 1983 a local nonprofit, Visions-Innervisions Productions, hosted a fundraiser for Headstart and other community services at the RAC beginning with the annual university Step-Show, viewing the debut of Michael Jackson's Thriller on 20' screens, one above each hoop, followed by Motown's D-Train, live; the arena is used every June as a graduation hall for Piscataway Township High School, John P. Stevens High School, Edison High School, as well as for other high schools in surrounding cities; the graduations are free for anyone to attend. Starting in 2014, Rutgers University Dance Marathon is held at the RAC, having moved from the College Avenue Gym; the Newark, New Jersey-based Star-Ledger and the Rutgers University newspaper, The Daily Targum have reported that former Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti planned to expand the Louis Brown Athletic Center to include more practice facilities, more concourse space, a seating expansion to accommodate 12,500 fans, including club seating and premium restaurants.
Pernetti stated that he wanted to book more concerts at the arena and at nearby Rutgers Stadium. In its current configuration, the RAC is the smallest arena in the Big Ten Conference when the Scarlet Knights joined July 1, 2014, with fewer seats than the 8,117 at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena. Due to the scheduled renovations of Welsh-Ryan during the 2017-18 season, in which the listed capacity will decrease to 7,500, Welsh-Ryan will once again become the smallest arena in the Big 10 Conference starting in 2018; the other 12 Big Ten schools' arenas all seat at least 12,500. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas
Eddie Jordan (basketball)
Edward Montgomery Jordan is a retired American professional basketball player and the assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets. He served as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association, he was head coach for three seasons at Rutgers University, where he played basketball but left without receiving a degree. Jordan attended Rutgers University from 1973–1977, he failed to graduate. Jordan helped lead the school to the 1976 NCAA Final Four, during which he was named East Regional MVP. At Rutgers, Jordan acquired the nickname "Fast Eddie." In his senior season, Jordan was named honorable mention All-America, while setting Rutgers' all-time career records in assists and steals. Jordan was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1977 NBA draft, was acquired by the New Jersey Nets halfway through his rookie season. Jordan tied Norm Nixon for the lead in total steals with 201 in 1978–1979, was second in total steals, 223, in 1979–80.
Jordan played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980–81 season, was a member of the 1982 NBA World Championship team. He played for the Lakers for four years and played with the Portland Trail Blazers. Jordan retired from the NBA after the 1983–84 season. Over his seven-year NBA career, Jordan averaged 3.8 assists and 1.82 steals per game. After retiring from the NBA in 1984, Jordan was a volunteer assistant at Rutgers University under his former college head coach, his eventual Wizards' assistant, Tom Young. Jordan followed Young to Old Dominion University as a part-time assistant as before and subsequently obtained an assistant coaching position at Boston College under Jim O'Brien in 1986, he became an assistant coach at Rutgers in 1988. In 1992, Jordan became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, remained an assistant for five seasons. Jordan was promoted to head coach on March 20, 1997 during the final fifteen games of the 1996–97 regular season and remained the head coach during the 1997–98 season, during which he compiled a 33–64 record as the Kings' head coach.
Jordan was fired after the 1997–98 season. Jordan joined the New Jersey Nets coaching staff on March 17, 1999 and served as the lead assistant for four seasons. While in New Jersey, Jordan helped guide the squad to consecutive Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference Championships in 2002 and 2003; that year, Jordan signed a four-year contract worth a little more than $3 million per year with the Washington Wizards and was introduced as head coach of the team on June 19, 2003. Washington finished with a 25–57 record during Jordan's inaugural season as head coach; the following year, Jordan helped guide the Wizards to a 20-game improvement in 2004–05. Only the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns experienced a greater improvement in total wins from the previous year. On April 11, 2005 Jordan won his 100th career game as a head coach, improved his career record to 103-158. During the 2004–05 regular season, Jordan's second with the Wizards, he led the team to a 45–37 record, the franchise's best season since 1978–79.
The record established a new record for wins in a season at Verizon Center, earned the team a five seed in the Eastern Conference, was the Wizards' first playoff berth since the 1996–97 season. The Wizards won the series four games to two; the team rallied from a 0–2 deficit to win the series with four consecutive wins. It was the team's first postseason series win since 1982. In the 2006–07 season, Jordan guided the Wizards to a third straight playoff berth for the first time since 1988. Jordan won the Coach of the Month award for December, guiding Washington to a 12–4 record during that month. Jordan coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the NBA All-Star Game on February 18 in Las Vegas, the first coach from the franchise since Dick Motta in 1978–79. In the 2007–08 season Jordan led the Wizards to a fourth straight playoff berth despite beginning the year 0–5; the Wizards were eliminated in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight year. Jordan was fired as head coach of the Washington Wizards on November 24, 2008 after a 1–10 start.
At the time of his firing Jordan was the longest tenured coach in the Eastern Conference and as their coach he guided the Wizards to four straight playoff appearances, advancing only once. He compiled a regular season record of 197–224; the 197 victories rank third all-time in franchise history. Jordan was introduced as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers on June 1, 2009. On Thursday, April 15, Jordan was fired by the 76ers after one season; that month, it was reported that Jordan had been one of the leading candidates for the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, but had pulled out of the running to continue to seek a new coaching job in the NBA. In 2012, Jordan was hired as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan was brought in to assist head coach Mike Brown in installing the Princeton offense. On April 18, 2013, it was reported that Rutgers would name Jordan head coach, replacing fired head coach Mike Rice. On April 23, 2013, Rutgers announced the hiring of Eddie Jordan as the 18th head coach of the men's basketball program.
In three years as coach of the Scarlet Knights, which included their transition from the American Athletic Conference to the Big Ten Conference, Jordan finished each season with twenty or more losses and the 2015–16 season was the worst of the three. Rutgers finished with twenty-five losses, sixteen of which were in confe
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory; as of 2017, the university enrolls 44,831 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, is affiliated with two academic medical centers; the University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group. Known as the Arizona Wildcats, the UA's intercollegiate athletic teams are members of the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA. UA athletes have won national titles in several sports, most notably men's basketball and softball; the official colors of the university and its athletic teams are navy blue. After the passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, the push for a university in Arizona grew.
The Arizona Territory's "Thieving Thirteenth" Legislature approved the University of Arizona in 1885 and selected the city of Tucson to receive the appropriation to build the university. Tucson hoped to receive the appropriation for the territory's mental hospital, which carried a $100,000 allocation instead of the $25,000 allotted to the territory's only university. Flooding on the Salt River delayed Tucson's legislators, by they time they reached Prescott, back-room deals allocating the most desirable territorial institutions had been made. Tucson was disappointed with receiving what was viewed as an inferior prize. With no parties willing to provide land for the new institution, the citizens of Tucson prepared to return the money to the Territorial Legislature until two gamblers and a saloon keeper decided to donate the land to build the school. Construction of Old Main, the first building on campus, began on October 27, 1887, classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students in Old Main, still in use today.
Because there were no high schools in Arizona Territory, the university maintained separate preparatory classes for the first 23 years of operation. The University of Arizona offers bachelor's, master's, professional degrees. Grades are given on a strict 4-point scale with "A" worth 4, "B" worth 3, "C" worth 2, "D" worth 1 and "E" worth zero points; the Center for World University Rankings in 2017 ranked Arizona No. 52 in the world and 34 in the U. S; the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings rated University of Arizona 161st in the world and the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings ranked it 230th. The University of Arizona was ranked tied for 77th in the "National Universities" category by U. S. News & World Report for 2018; the James E. Rogers College of Law Graduate School was ranked tied for 41st nationally; the College of Medicine was rated No. 7 among the nation's medical schools for Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2017, the Eller MBA program was ranked 24th among public institutions and 49th nationally by U.
S. News & World Report, which placed the school's Management Information Systems program as 2nd, the Entrepreneurship program as 5th and the Part-time MBA 30th among U. S public schools. U. S. News & World Report rated UA as tied for 33rd for online MBA programs, tied for 49th for best online graduate nursing programs, tied for 33rd for best online graduate engineering programs nationally. UA graduate programs ranked in the top 25 in the nation by U. S. News & World Report for 2017 include Information Science, Geology and Seismology, Speech Pathology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Earth Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Atomic/Molecular/Optical Sciences and Photography; the Council for Aid to Education ranked UA 12th among public universities and 24th overall in financial support and gifts. Campaign Arizona, an effort to raise over $1 billion for the school, exceeded that goal by $200 million a year earlier than projected. In April 2014, the "Arizona Now" campaign launched with a target of $1.5 billion.
As of 31 December 2016, the campaign has raised $1.59 Billion, two years ahead of schedule. In 2015, Design Intelligence ranked the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's undergraduate program in architecture 10th in the nation for all universities and private; the same publication ranked. The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona is one of the most ranked area studies programs focusing on the Middle East in the United States. In addition to offering language training in Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish, it is collocated with the Middle East Studies Association; the School of Geography and Development is ranked as one of the top geography graduate programs in the US. The UA is considered a "selective" university by U. S. News & World Report. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 68 freshman students were National Merit Scholars. UA students hail from all states in the U. S. While nearly 69% of students are from Arizona, nearly 11% are from California, 8% are international, followed by a significant student presence from Texas, Washington and New York..
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