http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_I_university I hear the term a lot and I had some vague idea as to what it meant (confers some elite status to a university is the way I understood it), was surpised to find out apparently the term is considered "no longer valid." The accepted term (with apparently somewhat different criteria) is "Doctoral/research universities-extensive". Somehow doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as "R1". Anyways, I have no point to my post. I just thought that was interesting.