The Best Public Schools || Part 3

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Picking a school from the choices available can be confusing. There are so many to choose from! While some people prefer the idea of attending a private school, some people prefer the idea of a state school. And there are plenty of those to choose from. Here are some of the top state schools in the country, part 3.

University of California at Santa Barbara

If you are looking for a school that is very active in their research, then why not look at the University of California at Santa Barbara. There are 12 different research centers and this includes the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. The faculty has 6 Nobel prize laureates on staff to help build the big brains of tomorrow. It does help if you have a big brain now, the average SAT score is 1880. They won’t just work your mind, the school has an extensive biking system to help students get around. Over half of the students use bikes and cycle around campus. Good for the mind, good for the body. When graduates leave and decide they want a car instead they can expect a starting salary of $47,000 to help make that first payment.

University of California at Davis

UC Davis is another university that has its roots set in farming. When it was founded in 1905 it was simply known as University Farm. Now it has grown into a major research university with graduate and professional programmes. IT still has one foot in the past as the university  has the biggest veterinary school in the country. You need to have your head in the present to be a student here, the average SAT score is 1815. There have been some incidents in the school over the years, most recently in 2011 when a campus security officer pepper sprayed a student during a sit-down protest. But don’t let that put you off because graduates can expect to see a starting salary of around $50,800.

University of California at Irvine

If a small school with more time with your teachers is what you are after then maybe you should consider the University of California at Irvine. The student to faculty ratio is around 19:1 so it can be nice and cozy with your lecturer. Some of the classes have less that 20 students in them so there is no chance of being lost in the crowd if you are struggling. I doubt that you would struggle because the average SAT score of students here is 1740. There is a big focus on sports at this university and many of the past students have gone on to compete at national and international levels. Over 50 former students have gone on to compete in the Olympics. If that isn’t for you then at least you can expect an average starting salary of $49,300 when you finish.

University of Connecticut

The average starting salary for a graduate of UConn is around $51,700 but if that isn’t exciting enough then maybe the recruitment help from the college will do the trick. The career services are on campus and online to help students find work or internships with companies. There are over 100 majors to choose from and the average SAT score of 1885, so there is plenty to keep the brain going. In 2001 it was listed as a public Ivy in Greene’s Guides “The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Universities”. It has also been listed as the most sustainable campus out of 215 other schools worldwide. There is a lot happening here to help keep the future generations going to a better future.

University of Maryland

This school is often just called Maryland and it has over 35,000 students within its walls. As a research university, it has a strong partnership with the US government and receives several grants as part of its funding. Since 2012 the research budget for the school has gone as high as $950 million, most of this came from private donations. As the school has grown it has become harder to get in. In recent years the school was only able to admit around 45% of the applicants who applied. The school has also moved up the ranks as a top school in recent years, it must be all that luck that students get from rubbing the mascots belly!

Temple University

Temple University might be a public school now but this wasn’t always the case, when it was founded in 1884 it was originally a private school. There are over 400 different degree programs and 5 professional schools for students to expand their minds in. The university is home to the Tyler School of Art and the Fox School of Business as well as 15 other different schools. There are around 14,000 students that live on campus and the university actively encourages students to live nearby or on campus to help them safe. Students have the choice of over 350 different organizations to take part in. The student union has worked hard to ensure that there are groups for everyone either professionally or for fun.

Binghamton University

One of the lesser known school in New York, Binghamton started off as a small liberal arts college and has grown into a large doctoral university. Since it was founded in the 1940’s it has become one of the public Ivies and now ranks in the top 100 universities. There are several libraries to be found on the campus and a performing arts centre. the Fine Arts Building is home to the university art collection and student artwork is shown on a regular basis. No such thing as a starving artist in these halls from the sounds of things. The Student Union plays an active role in the welfare of the students and is even home to a food market place.

Texas A&M University

If you are looking for the largest university in Texas then Texas A&M is the place for you. It isn’t just the largest in Texas, it is the fourth largest in the country. The main campus spans over 5,200 acres and included the George Bush Presidential Library in its grounds. There are over 1,000 official student organizations that students can take part in. That doesn’t include the Cadet Corps that study alongside the rest of the student body. The university enrolls around 56,000 students and has ranked in the top ten universities in many different polls. the university has also taken part in over 500 different research projects around the world in 80 different countries. This place has a lot to offer its students.

Indiana University

Indiana University probably doesn’t get as much credit as it should. It was founded in 1820 and has grown into a massive student body of 110,000 students. The university rewards students and there are three different prize medals that the students can receive. But it’s not just the students, the faculty is also rewarded for their hard work too. The university is also filled with symbolism and ceremony. The symbol for the school is the mace which dates back to medieval times. When there is a ceremony, the university president wears a handcrafted gold and jewel Chain of Office. We bet that you don’t see that at the local community college! Among the different schools, there is a medical school, a school of music, and a school of business.

North Carolina State University

UC State forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle along with The University of North Carolina and Duke University. It is the largest school in the Carolina area with the enrollment of over 34,000 students. As well as offering 106 bachelor degrees, the graduate schools offer 104 masters degrees, 61 doctoral degrees, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. That’s plenty of different courses to choose from. Despite the high enrollment UC State only offers places to half of the applicants that apply. If financials are a problem for you advancing your education then it’s worth looking at some of the scholarship programs that the university offers. But it’s not all studying while you are there, there are plenty of charity events that students do for fun including the Krispy Kreme Challenge that raises money for NC Children’s Hospital.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Virginia Tech and the success of its students and graduates have been overshadowed in recent years after the 2007 shooting. Seung-Hui Cho opened fire and killed 32 people, injured 17 and committed suicide. His gun rampage became the deadliest shooting incident in US history by a single gunman. This hasn’t put people off applying to study there and the school has seen a gradual increase in applications in recent years. Over 9,000 students live on campus and all freshmen are required to live on campus for that year. The college is one of three public schools that has an active cadet corps program in the country. Within the cadet community, there are 1,000 cadets that live in the oldest part of the campus on the Upper Quad.

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