Many colleges and universities have become "specialists" in certain disciplines. This specialization increases their visibility, encourages blending of academia and community, and certainly helps fill quota needs (student population census).
My school, Bowling Green State University, has a Center For Popular Culture. It was established about 1970 and is very-well respected by those who are looking for information, etc. on popular culture. The collections of music, periodicals, etc. are amazing.
In my area, both Eastern Michigan University and The University of Findlay specialize in safety and the environment. The University of Toledo's Family Business Center is one (1) of the best in the country. The business school at the University of Michigan is among the country's top three (3) or four (4).
Texas A & M is famous for the Texas Transportation Institute. If you are looking for logistical help or plan on going to the best places to study logistics management, look at Georgia Tech or Michigan State University.
Even tiny little Hillsdale College, located just a short drive from this Bear's den, is world-famous for a "certain" type of leadership and thinking......such as the writings of William Buckley.
So, what about your favorite university or college OR the university or college you attended? Specialties?