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The 10 Best Public Universities in New England

The 10 Best Public Universities in New England

#5 University of Maine

Campus – This is the largest university in Maine.

Programs – The university is one of a few institutions to offer a combined developmental/clinical Ph.D. to students accepted into their clinical psychology Ph.D. program, as well as advanced degrees with distinct concentrations in developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavioral neuroscience.

Sustainability – And talk about green! University of Maine is one of 16 colleges and universities listed in Princeton Review‘s Green Honor Roll.

Alumni Author Stephen King graduated from here amongst the class of 1970.

#4 University of Connecticut

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By DaderotOwn work, CC0

Accolades – The University of Connecticut was ranked tied for 19th among Public Universities and tied for 57th among National Universities in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Campus – The UConn campus is home to the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) run by the Department of Dramatic Arts. The theatre complex is made up of three venues: Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre (486 seats), Nafe Katter Theatre (241 seats), and the Studio Theatre (116 seats).

But the real jewel in UConn’s crown is their library. UConn is among the top 30 universities in the US when it comes to library holdings:

  • 2.5 million+ print volumes
  • 2,500+ current print periodicals
  • 35,000+ unique electronic journals
  • 2.8 million units of microfilm
  • 180,000 maps at the Map and Geographic Information Center (New England’s largest public map collection)
  • Millions of electronic books

Athletics – The UConn Huskies boast nationally ranked Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams with an unprecedented 22 NCAA titles between them.

#3 University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Accolades – When it comes to money, UMass of Lowell makes the most sense for a lot of students. Forbes ranked UMass Lowell as the 10th best value amongst all universities and colleges nationwide for 2013 and fourth best value among non-military academies. UMass Lowell is known for having one of the highest education ROI in the country. That alone makes for some happy graduating classes. Sadly, UMass gets overshadowed by a lot of other schools in the New England corner of the US. Business Insider saw this and in 2013 named it the “Most Underrated College in America”.

Programs – UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business is ranked No. 86 for its part-time MBA program while the undergraduate program is ranked in the top 100, according to U.S. News & World Report.UMass Lowell’s online program ranked sixth in the U.S. overall among online colleges on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings.

Athletics – Additionally, Umass Lowell River Hawks are a nationally ranked Division I Men’s Hockey program, consistently making it to the NCAA Frozen Four. Several players each year are drafted into the ranks of the NHL.


Alana Armstrong Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.



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