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The conference headquarters are located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Academically, the Patriot League has some of the strongest colleges of any Division I conference. Aside from the permanent members listed below, the league has three associate members: MIT (women's rowing), Fordham (football) and Georgetown (football). 01 of 10 American University American University. alai.jmw / Flickr Located on 84 park-like acres, American University has made a name for itself as one of the most internationally-engaged universities in the country. The student body comes from over 150 countries. Programs in International Relations, Political Science and Government are particularly strong, but the university's general strengths in the arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The law and business schools also place well in most national rankings. Location: Washington, D.C.School type: Private universityEnrollment: 13,346 (7,900 undergraduates)Team: EaglesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the American University admissions profile. 02 of 10 Annapolis (Navy) Annapolis - USNA. Rory Finneren / Flickr Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy, is one of the most selective colleges in the country. All costs are covered, and students receive benefits and a modest monthly salary. Applicants must seek a nomination, usually from a member of congress. Upon graduation, all students have a five-year active duty obligation. Some officers pursuing aviation will have longer requirements. Location: Annapolis, MarylandSchool type: Military academyEnrollment: 4,528 (all undergraduate)Team: MidshipmenFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Annapolis admissions profile. 03 of 10 Boston University Boston College Campus. Juthamas / Flickr Located in the Kenmore-Fenway area of Boston, just west of Back Bay, Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the country. BU's location puts it within easy reach of other Boston universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern. On many national rankings, Boston University places among the top 50 universities in the U.S. Student housing at BU is an eclectic mix that ranges from contemporary high rises to Victorian townhouses. Location: Boston, MassachusettsSchool type: Private universityEnrollment: 32,695 (17,944 undergraduates)Team: TerriersExplore the Campus: Boston University Photo TourFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Boston University admissions profile 04 of 10 Bucknell University Bucknell University. aurimasliutikas / Flickr Bucknell University has the feel of a liberal arts college with the course offerings of a comprehensive university. The engineering program is worth a close look, and the university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Admissions have grown increasingly selective in recent years. Location: Lewisburg, PennsylvaniaSchool type: Private universityEnrollment: 3,626 (3,571 undergraduates)Team: BisonsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Bucknell University admissions profile. 05 of 10 Colgate University James B. Colgate Hall. bronayur / Flickr Colgate University frequently ranks among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country. Colgate's rural campus is located in the picturesque rolling hills of central Upstate New York. Colgate has many strengths among its 51 majors, a fact that has earned the school a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Colgate also has an impressive 90% 6-year graduation rate, and roughly 2/3 of students eventually go on to do some form of graduate study. Colgate made my list of top liberal arts colleges. Location: Hamilton, New YorkSchool type: Private liberal arts collegeEnrollment: 2,890 (2,882 undergraduates)Team: PatriotsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Colgate University admissions profile. 06 of 10 Holy Cross College of the Holy Cross. GeorgeThree / Flickr Holy Cross has an impressive retention and graduation rate, with well over 90% of entering students earning a degree within six years. The college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and the school's 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio means that students will have a lot of personal interaction with their professors. Founded by the Jesuits in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England. Holy Cross made my list of top Catholic colleges, top Massachusetts colleges, and top liberal arts colleges. Location: Worcester, MassachusettsSchool type: Private Catholic liberal arts collegeEnrollment: 2,720 (all undergraduate)Team: CrusadersFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the College of the Holy Cross admissions profile 07 of 10 Lafayette College Easton, Pennsylvania. Retromoderns / Flickr Lafayette College has the feel of a traditional liberal arts college, but it is unusual in that it also has several engineering programs. Lafayette's strengths in the liberal arts earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Quality instruction is central to Lafayette's mission, and with an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, students will have lots of interaction with the faculty. Kiplinger's ranks Lafayette highly for the school's value, and students who qualify for aid often receive significant grant awards. Lafayette made my list of top liberal arts colleges. Location: Easton, PennsylvaniaSchool type: Private liberal art collegeEnrollment: 2,550 (all undergraduate)Team: LeopardsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lafayette College admissions profile 08 of 10 Lehigh University Lehigh University. conormac / Flickr Lehigh is best known for its excellent engineering and applied science programs, but its college of business is nationally ranked and equally popular among undergraduates. The university boasts an impressive 9 to 1 student/faculty ratio, but because of Lehigh's strong research focus, class sizes average in the 25-30 student range. Lehigh made my list of top Pennsylvania colleges. Location: Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaSchool type: Private universityEnrollment: 7,059 (5,080 undergraduates)Team: Mountain HawksFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lehigh University admissions profile. 09 of 10 Loyola University Maryland Loyola University of Maryland Business School. Crhayes88 / Wikimedia Commons Author Tom Clancy's Alma Mater, Loyola University Maryland's 79-acre campus is just down the road from Johns Hopkins University. Among all the undergraduate majors, the preprofessional programs in business and communication studies are by far the most popular. Loyola University is proud of its 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and its average class size of 25. Location: Baltimore, MarylandSchool type: private Catholic (Jesuit) universityEnrollment: 6,084 (4,104 undergraduates)Team: GreyhoundsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Loyola University Maryland profile. 10 of 10 West Point (Army) West Point. markjhandel / Flickr The United States Military Academy at West Point is one of the most selective colleges in the country, and applicants need to have a nomination from a member of congress. West Point was founded in 1802 and is the oldest of the service academies in the U.S. The campus has a beautiful location on the Hudson River in Upstate New York. Every student at West Point receives a free education plus a small salary, but they do have a five-year service requirement after graduation. Location: West Point, New YorkSchool type: Military academyEnrollment: 4,389 (all undergraduate)Team: Black KnightsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the West Point admissions profile.