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Public Ivy League Universities

January 30, 2012 by app2usadvisor  
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About original Ivy League Universities, read this first. Public Ivies are a set of 8 universities known for academic excellence. In 1985 author Richard Moll coined the term “Public Ivies” in his book The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Undergraduate Colleges. At that time, Moll identified eight universities as public institutions that “provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price”. In addition to academic excellence, other factors considered by Moll include visual appearance, age, and school traditions as well as certain other Ivy League characteristics. The eight universities Moll identified:

  • The College of William and Mary

  • Miami University of Ohio

  • The University of California at Berkeley, **

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Virginia.

** some scholars include the other campuses of the UC system also.

Several schools considered as “Public Ivies” are consistently ranked among the top schools in the multitude of surveys on American colleges and universities undertaken by U.S. News & World Report. For instance, half of the top 12 ranked national universities for undergraduate teaching in U.S. News and World Report are of the original Public Ivies listed by Moll. Public Ivies can be found in the top ten ranked graduate schools in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. Howevr, just in the case of main or private Ivy Leagues, it must be understood that this is a classification based on certain academic and non academic criteria. This does not suggest that these are absolutely the best 8 public universities in the US.

The College of William and Mary is the second oldest college in the US, now a cutting-edge research university. According to W&M website, “We’re highly selective, but also public, offering a world-class education without the sticker shock….We believe in original, hands-on research, something that’s missing from most liberal arts educations. That’s why our undergrads-from their very first class-are given unprecedented opportunities to work with peers and experienced faculty mentors on projects that inspire them.

To highlight The College of William Mary, we shall publish an interview with former student (class of 1965) and incoming Chancellor, The Honorable Robert Gates, former secretary of defense. Dr. Gates is the first defense secretary in the nation’s history to serve under presidents from different political parties. He is also the first and only entry level CIA employee to rise to the position of Director Central Intelligence. He also served as the president of Texas A&M university from 2002 to 2006.

Ref: Wikipedia, W&M website.

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