While main campuses tend to get the glory, a school’s satellite campuses can offer an altogether different and often more innovative experience than what is found at their flagship counterparts. Convenience factor aside, the smaller class sizes offered at satellite campuses can often provide students with course material that may never have been dreamed of at their parent institutions, allowing many of these campuses to earn quite impressive reputations all on their own.  So if you’ve been curious about making a switch to a more convenient campus, or perhaps a more personalized experience than what’s common at most big-name campuses, check out this list of the ten best ranked satellite institutions in the U.S., as assembled by the folks at TheBestColleges.org.

1.) Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley

While one might expect that founding a satellite campus on the complete opposite side of the country to be foolhardy, the Silicon Valley Branch of Carnegie Melon has become a notable name after helping over a dozen start-ups reach entrepreneurial success in just 10 years.

2.) Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

While Penn State has 20 undergrad campuses across Pennsylvania, The Behrend College has made a name for itself with a graduation rate comparable to its parent campus, its own NCAA athletic department, and an advanced plastics training lab.

3.) University of Michigan- Flint

Once a simple computer school, this satellite has become the fastest growing school in Michigan that boasts a Student Veterans Resource Center designed to help area service members secure gainful employment outside of the military.

4.) The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Partnered with some of the best hospitals in Houston, including a leading cancer center, this satellite has become well-known as one of the best medical schools for Hispanic students in the country.

5.) Texas A&M University at Galveston

Perched on Galveston Bay, this branch of Texas A&M has become notable as one of the best marine biology campuses around and is frequently ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the U.S.

6.) Tufts European Center

Want Ivy League education in a somewhat more scenic location than Boston? This branch of Tufts is found in a reconstituted Benedictine priory in Talloires, France.

7.) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

This satellite has been ranked increasingly higher every year since 2008 in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Up-and-Comers” category, due in no small part to the excellence of its Center for Service and Learning.

8.) University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Named by  the Princeton Review as the “Best Value College” for 2012, this small satellite aims to provide a world-class education in a smaller, more personalized environment.

9.) Idaho State University-Meridian

This small satellite is notable for its state-of-the-art medical and technological research center known as The Core, as well as numerous public seminars and educational talks.

10.) Colorado State University-Global Campus

One of the first fully-online campuses, CSU-Global has trailblazed the field of internet education for five year by offering new classes every four weeks and a frozen tuition during the tenure of a student’s enrollment.