Picking the right university to attend is not always an easy task. It requires a lot of research and time. If you're looking specifically to attend a private university you might want to consider the size of the school and how many students are enrolled each year. There are historic, scenic and religious universities as well as different climates to contemplate.

New York University

New York University is located in New York City. More than 44,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The school was founded in 1831 and consists of 13 schools, colleges and divisions. The college offers bachelor's and graduate degrees as well as continuing education.

New York University 70 Washington Square South New york, NY 10012 212-998-1212 nyu.edu

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is located in Los Angeles, California. More than 33,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university was founded in 1880 and holds the oldest private research university in California. The university consists of three main campus's: University Park Campus, the Health Sciences Campus and the Keck School of Medicine Campus.

University of Southern California University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90089 213-740-2311 usc.edu

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University is located in Provo, Utah. More than 32,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university was founded in 1875 and is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This religious college focuses heavily on undergraduate degrees and also offers 68 master's degrees and 25 doctoral degrees.

Brigham Young University 150 E. Bulldog Blvd. Provo, UT 84602 801-422-4636 byu.edu

Boston University

Boston University is located in Boston, Massachusetts and was founded in 1839. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as well as medical and dental degrees. There are 18 schools and colleges on the campus. The school is known for being heavily involved in research activity. More than 31,000 students were enrolled in 2009.

Boston University Boston, MA 02215 617-353-2000 bu.edu

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 and is located in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. More than 28,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The school is made up of 18 colleges and schools and currently offers more than 250 majors. Professional degrees offered are law, business, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, nursing, optometry and dentistry.

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314 800-541-6682 nova.edu

Columbia University

Columbia University was founded in 1754 and is located in Manhattan, New York. More than 25,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The main campus covers more than six city blocks of the Morningside Heights area. This area of the campus is where most of the graduate and undergraduate studies take place.

Columbia University 534 W. 112th St. New York, NY 10025 212-864-7813 columbia.edu

DePaul University

DePaul University is located in Chicago, Illinois. More than 25,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university was founded in 1898 and is made up of 10 different colleges. A college of law, school of music and a theater school are a few of the included majors.

DePaul University 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 800-362-8000 depaul.edu

Northeastern University

Northeastern University founded in 1898 is located in Boston, Massachusetts. More than 25,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university has eight colleges and has 65 undergraduate degrees. The university also offers master's, doctoral and professional degrees in law and business.

Northeastern University 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115 617-373-2000 neu.edu

George Washington University

George Washington University is located in Washington, D.C. More than 24,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university was founded in 1821 and has a good reputation for its international affairs, political science and journalism departments. The university owns most of the historic area, the Foggy Bottom, which is where most of the residential dormitories are located that are occupied by the students.

George Washington university 2121 I St., N.W. Washington D.C. 20037 202-994-1000 gwu.edu

Long Island University

Long Island University was founded in 1954 and is located in the Brookville area of Glen Head, New York on Long Island's North Shore. More than 24,000 students were enrolled in 2009. The university offers 560 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral degrees and certificates.

Long Island University 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville, NY 11548 516-299-2900 liu.edu