Resources › For Students and Parents Big East Conference A Diverse Group of 10 Colleges and Universities Share Flipboard Email Print Xavier University Basketball. Michael Reaves / Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Choosing A College College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated December 30, 2019 The Big East Conference is made up of a diverse group of 10 colleges located in the Northeast, Florida and Midwest. Members range from a small Catholic college to large state schools to highly selective private universities. The Big East is particularly strong in basketball. Admissions criteria vary widely, so be sure to click on the profile link to get more data. Compare the Big East Conference schools: SAT chart | ACT chart Explore other top conferences: ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac 10 | SEC Butler University Butler University Irwin Library. PALNI Libraries / Flickr Located on a 290-acre campus, Butler University was founded in 1855 by the attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler. Undergraduates can choose from 55 degree programs, and the university has an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. Student life at Butler is active with over 140 student organizations. Students come from 43 states and 52 countries. Butler is one of the highest ranked universities in the Midwest. Location: Indianapolis, IndianaSchool type: private universityEnrollment: 5,495 (4,698 undergraduates)Team: BulldogsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other admissions information, see the Butler University profile. Creighton University Creighton University. Raymond Bucko, SJ / Flickr Creighton University undergraduates can choose from over 50 academic programs, and the school has an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Biology and nursing are the most popular undergraduate majors. Creighton frequently ranks #1 among Midwest master's universities in U.S. News & World Report, and the school also wins high marks for its value. Location: Omaha, NebraskaSchool type: private Jesuit universityEnrollment: 8,910 (4,446 undergraduates)Team: BluejaysFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other admissions information, see the Creighton University profile. DePaul University DePaul University in Chicago. Richie Diesterheft / Flickr With over 22,000 students between its graduate and undergraduate programs, DePaul University is the largest Catholic University in the country, and one of the largest private universities. DePaul has one of the best service-learning programs in the U.S. Location: Chicago, IllinoisSchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 22,437 (14,507 undergraduates)Team: Blue DemonsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other admissions information, see the DePaul University profile. Georgetown University Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. tvol / Flickr With an acceptance rate of 15%, Georgetown is the most selective of the Big East universities. Georgetown takes advantage of its location in the country's capital—the university has a significant international population, and study abroad and International Relations are both extremely popular. Location: Washington, D.C.School type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 19,204 (7,459 undergraduates)Team: HoyasFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Georgetown University profile. Marquette University Marquette Hall at Marquette University. Tim Cigelske / Flickr Marquette University is a private, Jesuit, Roman Catholic University. The university typically places well on rankings of national universities, and its programs in business, nursing and the biomedical sciences are worth a close look. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Marquette was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Location: Milwaukee, WisconsinSchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 11,605 (8,435 undergraduates)Team: Golden EaglesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Marquette University profile. Providence College Harkins Hall at Providence College. Allen Grove Providence College is the smallest member of the Big East conference. This Catholic college typically ranks well for both its value and its academic quality when compared to other master's-level colleges in the Northeast. Providence College's curriculum is distinguished by a four-semester long course on western civilization that covers history, religion, literature and philosophy. Location: Providence, Rhode IslandSchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 4,674 (4,132 undergraduates)Team: FriarsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Providence College profile. St. John's University St. John's University D'Angelo Center. Redmen007 / Wikimedia Commons St. John's University is one of the stronger Catholic universities in the United States. The university has a diverse student population, and among undergraduates pre-professional programs such as business, education, and prelaw are quite popular. Location: Queens, New YorkSchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 21,635 (16,877 undergraduates)Team: Red StormFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. John's University profile. Seton Hall University Seton Hall University. Joe829er / Wikimedia Commons With a park-like campus just 14 miles from New York City, students at Seton Hall can easily take advantage of opportunities on campus and in the city. As a mid-sized university, Seton Hall provides a healthy balance of research and teaching. Undergraduates will find 60 programs from which to choose, a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 25. Location: South Orange, New JerseySchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 10,162 (6,136 undergraduates)Team: PiratesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Seton Hall University profile. Villanova University Villanova University. Alertjean / Wikimedia Commons Founded in 1842, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. Located just outside of Philadelphia, Villanova is well known for both its strong academics and athletic programs. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a recognition of its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Academics are supported by an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Location: Villanova, PennsylvaniaSchool type: Private, CatholicEnrollment: 11,030 (6,917 undergraduates)Team: WildcatsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Villanova University profile. Xavier University Xavier University Basketball. Michael Reaves / Getty Images Founded in 1831, Xavier is one of the oldest Jesuit universities in the country. The university's preprofessional programs in business, education, communications and nursing are all popular among undergraduates. The school was granted a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Location: Cincinnati, OhioSchool type: private Catholic universityEnrollment: 7,127 (4,995 undergraduates)Team: MusketeersFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Xavier University profile.