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Here are the 10 Smartest Public Universities In the US

Here are the 10 Smartest Public Universities In the US

2. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a public research university. It is one of the oldest and largest universities in the University of Nebraska system. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and ranked number 103 in the 2016 edition of the Best Colleges is National Universities.

There are over 150 majors to choose from this large public university that is committed to research. It offers a wide range of graduate departments, including a college of business administration, a college of law, and a college of education and human science.

The notable people who studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln includes the philanthropist and investor Warren Buffett as well as the belovd Johnny Carson, famed television talk show host of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

An interesting this to note about this school: University of Nebraska-Lincoln is widely regarded to have one of the best programs in digital humanities.

1. Indiana University, Bloomington

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Indiana University is a multi-campus public university system in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. It has received various accolades for its computing infrastructure, academic programs, and the beauty of its campuses. It uses a semester-based academic calendar.

IU is consistently noted for many of its outstanding colleges, particularly the Kelley School of Business. This program has graduated the likes of many of the world’s most impressive entrepreneurs, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The school is also regarded by some publications to host the the top music school in the country. Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music is home to a number of the finest collegiate ensembles at any university, with an opera program widely heralded as among the best for graduate students. Famed violinist Joshua Bell attended IU’s School of Music.

Other notable alumni of Indiana University include Hoagy Carmichael, songwriter and composer, who penned Georgia on My Mind, and Jeri Taylor, producer and screenwriter. The university attracts students across the globe attracted to its unique college experience, active academic climate, international culture, diverse campus, and status as perhaps the most intelligent public university in the country.

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    1. Yes, I would like to know the methodology behind these rankings. MIchigan should certainly be on this list, far above UCF. What did they use to measure “intelligence?”

    2. Michigan is not a “public university”. It’s not part of a state system, and most of its funding is from private sources, rather than state/federal.

      1. Actually, the University of Michigan most definitely *is* a public university. While it does have a tremedous endowment and very generous donors, the lack of state funding is entirely a function of politics for all education in the state of Michigan – it has nothing to do with it’s status as public or private.

      1. The University of Michigan most definitely is a public university. It is a state university as are Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Wayne State, Eastern Michigan, Northern Michigan, Ferris State, and several others.

    1. All these lists do is make people upset that they were left off. I graduated from Indiana University. And I believe it is a great public university. However many schools meet the criteria for best public university, including Michigan.

    1. As someone who choose UCF as their first choice (along with many friends who did the same) because of it’s top-tier programs in various different majors (Specifically I’m a CS major), I’m going to have to strongly disagree with you.

  1. Michigan is #10 in medicine, #8 in law, #6 in engineering, and #11 in business. One university, with a professional school in or near the top ten in every field. UCF? Really? Why do I get the impression that the person who put together this list went to Ohio State?

    1. Your comment alone proves Mich produces grads that just memorize crap pushed at them – research if Mich is private. Research if funding is private. Then delete your whining commentary in defeat.

  2. Come on now, number 8? Look at the actual stats, and you’ll find that Berkeley’s ranking should be much higher. Definitley some bias in your research.

  3. William & Mary left off the list and somehow Indiana is first? yeah this list was clearly written by someone with a subpar education because its way off base

  4. Well shoot! I guess the first man to walk on the moon and nobel prize winners couldn’t make the smart cut. ? clearly this is not accurate (Purdue University must have been mistaken as a private school. Common misconception)

  5. People. Who gives a crap. This single, arbitrary ranking list will not change anything. The writer draws our attention to some schools we might otherwise not consider. And she provides some unknown facts about each school which is the interesting takeaway from this article. That’s all this article should serve as. Your school is still number 1 and every other school sucks. Now go about your day.

  6. Who cares about MI. I lived there for 14 miserable years of my life. The real issue if IU #1. Go IU the best of the best

  7. The University of Michigan is a public school and is the #1 ranked public school in the Big 10 according to US News and several other rankings. Leavin out Michigan while including several schools that aren’t anywhere close makes this a complete farce.

  8. I understand that people feel loyal to their own school but there are legitimate ratings of universities using objective standards. The top public universities are the service academies, Michigan, Virginia, Berkeley and UCLA. People debate what order to rank them in but there is little debate which schools are on the list–except for this silly article.

  9. IU and Nebraska are the two bottom schools in the B10 for academics, so Im assuming this is satire.

    1. Ok that’s also not true. IU is far more competitive than Nebraska, Michigan State, or Iowa.

  10. Wow. As an IU grad I am flattered by this bogus ranking that places IU and Nebraska much higher than traditional public ivys. My girlfriend is a Heel and I will say that UNC students are far more intelligent than what I observed at IU. As a UW grad student I’ll also say that Wisconsin offers a lot that Indiana can’t keep up with. Appreciate the love, again graduated from IU with a degree in Math and Econ, but this list is such garbage.


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