10 Amazing Public Universities You Have Never Heard Of

3. Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)

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Idaho State university is home to some of the nation’s most compelling academic programs.

One such program is CPI, an abbreviation of Career Path Internship. What makes CPI compelling is not only do students get professional-level experience while in college, they are also all paid to do it! Over 1,000 paid internship opportunities are available at Idaho State.

Compare this to most other schools, which may offer internships that are frequently not paid.

Additionally, Idaho State has received a top designation in nuclear training, and has been awarded the title of “Regional Center for Excellence.”

Idaho State’s Division of Health Sciences is among the Northwest’s top health-related programs, with the large majority of their alumni landing jobs in public health nationwide.


2. Western Washington University (Bellevue, WA)

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Western Washington is a school highly beloved not only by its students and alumni, but also the greater community of Bellevue.

Western Washington is home to many of the nation’s most unique facilities. These include a fully-outfitted electronic music studio, a motor vehicle research lab, and even a wind tunnel.

Its Vehicle Research Institute is so prestigious, Automobile Magazine named it the best school for car design.

In 1969, Western Washington established the Huxley College of Environment. While environmental policy programs are now the norm at most major universities, WWU was actually the first in the country to have a dedicated College to studying this important subject.

Other major accomplishments include being named a top philosophy program by the Philosophical Gourmet Report.


1. Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)

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Based in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ, Northern Arizona University is a true hidden gem, boasting a number of premiere top-tier programs at a cost significantly less than equivalent private universities.

NAU has one of the Southwest’s premiere Business schools, the W.A. Franke College of Business. Named after an NAU benefactor who donated a sizable $25m endowment to the school, the Business school’s primary facility is a 110,000 LEED-certified building.

NAU has risen in recent years in many premiere publications’ ranking lists. The Washington Times recently called it a top-250 university in the country, placing it in the top 10% of all higher education institutions.

Additionally, ARWU, which stands for the Academic Ranking of World Universities, placed NAU in the top 600 internationally, ranking it in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

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