These 10 Incredible Public Universities Are Changing The World

Want to change the world?

Then look no further than institutions of higher education. Although there are hundreds of public universities throughout the country, some are shaping the world more than others.

Today, we are discussing 10 amazing schools that are changing the world.

Each school on this list is committed to research, offers high-ranking programs producing world-changing talent, and is constantly innovating and pushing itself toward the future.

We also are only showcasing schools outside the top 100 in the US News National University list for this particular article.

So are you ready to change the world? Here are 10 incredible universities actively shaping the world:

10. Portland State University (Portland, OR)

photo by Visitor7 via Wikimedia Commons

Portland State University is well-known for its University Studies curriculum. Under this curriculum, which is unique to the school, students are required to take classes outside their major.

These classes are broken into themes, which include writing, diversity, ethics, and global studies. The idea is to produce well-rounded graduates who have strong communication and critical-thinking skills and a better understanding of how they can contribute to society.

Since the program was established in 1994, it’s received loads of awards and recognition, including the Pew Leadership Award, a spot on the U.S. News & World Reports “Programs to Look For” list, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Award.

Portland State University is also focused on sustainability. In 2004, the university adopted a “green building standard,” meaning each new construction project would meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

The campus has also been recognized for its mass transit systems and was even voted one of the most bike-friendly campuses in America.


9. George Mason University (Fairfax County, VA)

photo by Nicholas Tan et al via Wikimedia Commons

George Mason University, a tier-one research university, is well-known for its research endeavors. In 2018, the school put $149 million toward sponsored research. Its goal is to hit $225 million by 2024.

The research conducted at the university ranges in nature, but one of its largest projects focuses on creating a more sustainable planet. The project involves more than 500 faculty members.

The university’s president, Ángel Cabrera, said: “It’s not [about] trying to be the best university in the world. We want to be an example of the best university for the world.”

The university also received a multimillion-dollar Center of Excellence Award from the Department of Homeland Security. The 10-year grant supports research in investigating patterns of criminal activities and forensics in an effort to stop transnational crimes.

Although George Mason University is certainly changing the world with its research and innovations, its willingness to adopt new technology can also be seen on campus. The university was the first to release a self-driving robot food delivery service. Students can order food from a handful of eateries, and robots will deliver the food for a small fee.

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