10 Amazing “Public Ivies” As Good As the Actual Ivies

5. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

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Iowa has the distinction of holding a top-10 rating in a variety of their collegiate programs. These include top-10 rankings in Speech-Language Pathology, Social Psychology, Printmaking, Nursing Administration, and Physical Therapy. 

Outside of these programs, the University of Iowa has a bustling, well-rounded liberal arts curriculum satisfying nearly any interest a student could have.

What many east-coasters don’t know about U Iowa, however, is that Iowa City is an amazing college town. Complete with active arts, sports, and cultural traditions, Iowa City’s students and residents are privileged to have such a great city as their home.

What’s also amazing about the University of Iowa is the positive outcomes for graduating students. According to surveys, 95% of students either find work or attend graduate school within 6 months of completing their  education at Iowa. 

That’s astounding for a school that has, at any given time, over 32,000 students enrolled in their campus!

The Carver College of Medicine, College of Public Health, and College of Nursing are perhaps the very best in the entire state of Iowa; over 50% of all Iowa-based dentists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants attended this amazing Public Ivy.


4. University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

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One of the strongest public schools in New England, UConn is ranked as a top-25 public university in the US this year according to US News and World Report.

Classified as an R1 university by the Carnegie Foundation, a prestigious label denoting very high Doctoral research activity, UConn is one of the most storied universities in the nation.

Academically, many of the constituent schools at the University of Connecticut are among the best worldwide. These include their School of Law, frequently ranked a top-50 program in the nation. 

Recently, Niche.com ranked their Agricultural Sciences program among the top 50 in the country.

However, the heart and soul of UConn is in its excellent liberal arts undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Nearly 24,000 undergraduate starts participate in the school’s renowned curriculum. 

Athletically, the Huskies are the winningest female basketball NCAA team in America with a total of 11 championships. Additionally, UConn is one of the most accomplished collegiate male basketball teams in America.

Some of the most accomplished UConn alumni include singer Moby, actress Meg Ryan, co-founder of Bob’s Discount Furniture Bob Kaufman, and NBA Champion Ray Allen. Additionally, many prominent executives, journalists, CEOs, entertainers, and more call UConn their alma mater.


3. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH)

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It’s hard to beat Miami University of Ohio if you’re looking for a top public school in the US.

Miami is widely considered one of the best schools for an undergraduate education; in a recent US News ranking, Miami was ranked the 8th best school for undergraduate teaching in the United States. Also in the top 10 were actual Ivy League programs, including Brown and Dartmouth.

It’s easy to see why Miami has such a strong rating in this category; with a student:teacher ratio of just 17:1, students get significant 1-on-1 time with professors. 

Also, Miami has one of the highest retention rates of all public universities in the US; over 90% of students stay at Miami of Ohio after their Freshman year.

Although lauded for undergraduate education, Miami has a number of highly competitive graduate programs as well with excellent job placement outcomes.

Sure, Miami is well known for having excellent campus life, including active fraternities and sororities. 

However, what we find especially appealing about Miami is its Tuition Promise program; unlike most other schools, whose colleges rise in cost by about 3% each year, the cost of attendance remains the same for every year for first-time undergraduate students.

All of this, in combination with the top-tier academic programs at Miami, make it one of the top Public Ivy league schools in the country.

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