2. The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
One thing is certain about Ohio State; their student life is just as good, if not better, than many of the Ivy league schools.
Ohio State is home to over 1,000(!) student organizations, Division I sports, numerous student media publications, and more. Their football team is a perennial favorite to win the biggest college games.
The Buckeyes certainly know how to win; alumni have won a combined 104 Olympic medals!
However, what makes Ohio State truly worthy of a “Public Ivy” label is its overall excellence as an educational institution.
Ohio State has perhaps the very best public business school in the country. The Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University has over 83,000 alumni, many of which are now Fortune 500 CEOs as well as executives for the world’s largest companies.
Ohio State has some of the most accomplished faculty & alumni of any public school. They include 7 Pulitzer winners, 4 Nobel Laureates, and former US President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Almost ½ million living people call Ohio State their alma mater.
1. Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
For some majors, Indiana University offers an education perhaps superior to that of the Ivy leagues.
Let’s begin with one of Indiana’s most noted offerings, the Jacobs School of Music.
Widely considered to be among the top university-based music programs in the country, Indiana University consistently produces graduates ascending to the highest ranks of performance, including landing jobs in top symphony orchestras. In recent years, Jacobs has also earned a reputation among the top dance performance schools worldwide.
Graduates of Jacobs include violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, conductor Leonard Slatkin, and many more.
Outside of music, Indiana has one of the strongest undergraduate business schools in the country in the Kelley School of Business.
Having produced a number of business titans, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as well as Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales, Indiana’s Kelley School of Business graduates students with impressively high starting salaries.
Although Jacobs and Kelley are of significant renown, many other schools at Indiana have significant stature and reputation. These include the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the largest public policy & environmental studies school in the entire country. O’Neill consistently ranks at #1 on the US News top schools list.
For students who want to have an Ivy-League caliber education at one of the best public universities in the country, Indiana is one of the very best options worldwide.
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