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"Public Ivy" is a term coined by author Richard Moll in his book ''Public Ivies: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities'' (1985) to refer to universities in the United States that are said to provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public university price.Richard Moll in his book ''Public Ivys: A Guide to America's best public undergraduate colleges and universities'' (1985) The Public Ivies, according to ''The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education'', are capable of "successfully competing with the Ivy League schools in academic rigor ... attracting superstar faculty and in competing for the best and brightest students of all races." An expanded list of 30 colleges and universities was provided by Howard and Matthew Greene in their 2001 book ''The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities''.

Origin of the term

Moll, who earned his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1959, was an admissions officer at Yale and the director of admissions at Bowdoin College, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Vassar College. He traveled the nation examining higher education and identified eight public institutions (the same as the number of Ivy League members) that he thought had the look and feel of an Ivy League university. In addition to academic excellence, other factors considered by Moll include appearance, age, and school traditions.

Moll's list of Public Ivies (1985)

* College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) * Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) * University of California (nine campuses as of 1985) * University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) * University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill * University of Texas at Austin * University of Vermont (Burlington) * University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

Worthy runners-up

Moll also offered in the same book "a list of worthy runners-up":Moll, Richard (1985). ''The Public Ivys: A Guide to America's Best Undergraduate Colleges and Universities''. Viking Penguin Inc., p. xxvi. * University of Colorado Boulder * Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) * University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign * New College of Florida (Sarasota; formerly New College of the University of South Florida, it became an independent part of Florida's State University System in 2001) * Pennsylvania State University at University Park * University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) * State University of New York at Binghamton (now branded as Binghamton University) * University of Washington (Seattle) * University of Wisconsin–Madison File:ChristopherWrenBuilding.jpg|The Wren Building at the College of William & Mary File:Muohioharrison.jpg|Harrison Hall at Miami University File:UCBerkeleyCampus.jpg|Sather Tower seen from Memorial Glade of the University of California, Berkeley File:UT Tower - Main Building.JPG|The Main Building at the University of Texas at Austin File:Old Mill Building.jpg|Old Mill at the University of Vermont.

''Greenes' Guides'' list (2001)

The 2001 book ''The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities'' by Howard and Matthew Greene of ''Greenes' Guides'' included 30 colleges and universities. ; Northeastern * Pennsylvania State University (University Park) * Rutgers University (New Brunswick) * State University of New York at Binghamton (also known as Binghamton University) * University of Connecticut (Storrs) ; Mid-Atlantic * College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) * University of Delaware (Newark) * University of Maryland (College Park) * University of Virginia (Charlottesville) ; Southern * University of Florida (Gainesville) * University of Georgia (Athens) * University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill * University of Texas at Austin ; Western * University of Arizona (Tucson) * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, San Diego * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of Colorado Boulder * University of Washington (Seattle) ; Great Lakes & Midwest * Indiana University (Bloomington) * Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) * Michigan State University (East Lansing) * The Ohio State University (Columbus) * University of Illinois (UrbanaChampaign) * University of Iowa (Iowa City) * University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) * University of Minnesota (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) * University of Wisconsin (Madison) File:Cathedral of Learning stitch 1.jpg|The Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere File:Michigan Union 2009.JPG|Michigan Union at the University of Michigan File:2008-07-11 UNC-CH Wilson Library 3.jpg|Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill File:UVa Rotunda.jpg|The Rotunda at the University of Virginia File:Bascom Hall in Madison.JPG|Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

See also

* Black Ivy League * Colonial colleges * Flagship university * ''Hidden Ivies: Thirty Colleges of Excellence'' * Little Three * Little Ivies * Seven Sisters * Southern Ivies

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