Tons of schools name cities

I did not attend Augusta State University or Georgia Health Sciences University, and I am not as vehemently opposed to a new name as others (although I admit “Georgia Regents University” falls flat for me). I thought I’d do some research to figure out how common it is (or isn’t) to have (1) a city or (2) a city and state as part of a university’s name.


U.S. News & World Report published its list of the top 400 universities in the world for 2011. You can view it online. Of the 400, at least 85 schools in the United States made the list (21.2 percent). Of those 85, 26 schools (30.5 percent) met – and still meet, I presume – one of the two conditions I was looking for. If I had found just two more, the rate would have been one in three.

They include:

• Boston College

• Boston University

• Indiana University, Bloomington

• Princeton University

• Stanford University

• Stony Brook University

• University of Chicago

• University of Miami

• University of Notre Dame

• University of Pittsburgh

• University of Rochester

• University at Buffalo

• University of California, Berkeley

• University of California, Davis

• University of California, Irvine

• University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

• University of California, Riverside

• University of California, San Diego

• University of California, Santa Cruz

• University of Cincinnati

• University of Colorado at Boulder

• University of Maryland, College Park

• University of Massachusetts, Amherst

• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

• University of Texas, Austin

• University of Wisconsin, Madison

Somehow these universities managed not only to survive, but thrive.

Chad DeMeyers


Topic Page: University Merger


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