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Great Undergraduate Research and Specialized Colleges in the South

If you're looking for specialized career training or a plethora of research opportunities during undergrad, look no further than these schools in the South.

Some career paths require highly specialized training before you can land a job in the field. If this is what you’re looking for in your college search, the schools on this list offer just that! Whether it’s scientific research or learning how to build planes, these colleges and universities will help you reach your professional goals. All the schools on this short but distinguished list can be found in the Southern US, and the best part is you can request more information and get recruited by clicking the green “Connect me” button underneath each one. Happy researching!

Duke University

Duke University logoDuke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Granting undergraduate degrees through the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke offers 53 majors, 52, minors, and 23 certificate programs to a student body of 6,600 undergraduates—80% of whom graduate with more than one major. Students can get involved with more than 400 clubs and organizations as well as Division I athletic teams with national championships dating back to 1986.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Daytona Beach

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University logoEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private institution specializing in Aviation and Aerospace Engineering in Daytona Beach, Florida—with another campus in Prescott, Arizona. While ERAU specializes in undergraduate and graduate Aerospace and Aviation Engineering programs, students can also major in things like Applied Biology, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Business Administration, Communication, Computer Science, and much more. The University also offers more than 100 student clubs and organizations as well as 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams.

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Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University logoFlorida Atlantic University is a public research university serving students across six campuses, with a main campus in Boca Raton, Florida. FAU is home to 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students who get involved in cutting-edge research through 170+ degree programs, including Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and more. Students also have access to NCAA Division I athletic teams, 4,800+ registered internship locations, and over $70 million in research opportunities.

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology logoFlorida Institute of Technology is a private research university in Melbourne, Florida—only an hour from downtown Orlando. With 23% of the student population consisting of international students representing more than 80 countries, Florida Tech’s 3,475 undergraduates study in 44 programs that offer numerous opportunities for cooperative education, research, capstones, and internships with major corporations. The University’s flagship Senior Design Program allows students to develop valuable skills and showcase their engineering designs at an end-of-year showcase.

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University logoVanderbilt University is a private research university just a mile and a half from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The University is home to 7,000 undergrads who come from more than 90 countries and study in 70+ major programs through colleges and schools of the Arts & Sciences, Music, Education & Human Development, and Engineering. Over 56% of Vanderbilt undergraduates participate in academic research, and when they’re not studying, they can partake in more than 475 student organizations, numerous study abroad opportunities, 32 club sports, 40+ intramural sports leagues, and NCAA Division I athletic teams.

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