These 10 Incredible Public Universities Are Changing The World

2. University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

University of Cincinnati
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Take a look at news headlines coming out of the University of Cincinnati, and you’ll quickly see it’s a university committed to changing the world.

You’ll read about recent bipolar disorder research and engineering students providing custom solutions for veterans with accessibility issues.

You’ll also find alumni named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and even the school’s assistant dean landed a spot on Cincinnati’s 40 under 40 list.

Outside the headlines, the university is considered to have one of the top music schools in the nation. Its College-Conservatory of Music was actually used as a model by the National Association of Schools of Theatre to create the guidelines for accrediting other musical theater programs across the U.S., according to OnStage Blog.

A number of students who have graduated from the program have gone on to perform in Broadway productions, win Tony Awards, and play leading roles in movies.

1. University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)

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Research is the foundation of The University of Texas at Dallas — literally.

It was originally established as the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, a research arm of Texas Instruments. (You know, the brand of graphing calculator you used in high school.) Several years later, the school was given to Texas, where it became the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation named the school on its list of doctoral universities with the highest research activity. Additionally, the university is associated with four Nobel Prizes and has faculty members who are part of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering.

The school itself houses more than 50 research centers and institutes. One of the most notable is the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, which conducts a NASA-sponsored mission. But it’s not all physics and engineering. Other research centers focus on Holocaust studies, professional sales, data analytics, and museums.

Notable University of Texas at Dallas alumni include Robert Rutford, an Antarctica explorer who also served as the university’s president, and James F. Reilly, a NASA astronaut who flew on three missions.

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