10 Amazing Public Universities You Have Never Heard Of

When it comes to public universities, we can all probably rattle off a list of like ten schools that everyone has heard of or attended.

While there are the very popular public universities in the country, there are also plenty of schools on the rise in the mix.

Many students are getting a stellar education and a degree from public universities that you may have never heard of.

From a small town in Michigan to a city in Tennessee we have never heard of, College Gazette has compiled a list of ten public universities that are so amazing you have to learn more about them.

So what qualifies a school as being one “you have never heard of?” While obviously many people have heard of these schools, these schools are rising in reputation outside of their region, gaining recognition across the country for their excellence as academic institutions.

10. Indiana Institute of Technology (Fort Wayne, IN)

Indiana Institute of Technology is better known as Indiana Tech to its students and faculty. It is a small four-year private college located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Indiana Tech is best known for a career-first approach to education. Perhaps their most notable programs are engineering and computer science. Interestingly, the school has a highly-rated criminal justice degree as well.

When you see technology in the school name, you probably aren’t thinking of athletes. However, an alumni of the Indiana Tech baseball team (Josh Judy) actually made it all the way to Major League Baseball and pitched for the Cleveland Indians during the 2011 season.

One of the most popular (and photographed) spots on campus has to be the Indiana Tech Water Wheel. The wheel is almost six feet in diameter and made of solid granite and weighs over 3,700 pounds.

The wheel rotates 255 days out of the year and once had a 23-pound ball that used to roll in the center track of the wheel. However, students were constantly removing the ball and taking random photos of it around campus, so it was removed.

9. University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)

University of Central Oklahoma
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This excellent public university located in Edmond, OK, happens to be the third largest university in Oklahoma.

One of UCO’s best known programs is in music. Their Jazz Lab in particular has won numerous awards and have been featured alongside major label artists, including Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, and Kenny Werner.

Old North Tower is an icon on the UCO campus, as it was the first building in higher education in the state of Oklahoma. A new tradition started in the spring of 2008, as graduates would gather around Old North and start their “final walk” around campus.

The tradition includes each graduate touching the original bell that used to call students to class at the Territorial Normal School. To think, now students use their cell phone alarms to make it to class on time.

The bell is thought to bring good luck, so the graduates touch it before heading to the commencement ceremony and then off to their new adult lives.

8. University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA)

The University of West Georgia is located in Carrollton, GA, and is a public research university.

One hallmark program of University West Georgia is in Psychology. Indeed, their doctoral program in Psychology is so well-renowned, graduates of Ivy League caliber schools have come to study in this program, which has a “humanistic and transpersonal focus” according to Wikipedia.

Fun Fact: During your orientation, students find out about the ghost of a student that passed away after falling from the third floor of the Humanities Building. The ghost story states she haunts that building and if you go into the building alone at night, the lights will flicker on and off.

The stories don’t stop with just this one student haunting the campus. You learn all about these other stories during your freshman orientation, which consists of babies and students haunting some of the residence halls. 

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