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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


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jwarner6 08/24/12 - 05:04 am
And near here

And near here, the College of Charleston.

Dan White 08/24/12 - 06:42 am
And don't forget these

Add Auburn and Clemson Universities to the list too. Great universities known nationally and perhaps even globally which were named for very small towns. Can you imagine the uproar if the Alabama Board of Regents renamed the University of Auburn the Alabama Regents University??? And this is exactly what Dr. Azziz pushed for in renaming New U. What contempt for Augusta and even Georgia that he has! I'm surprised that he even wanted Georgia in the name.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/24/12 - 09:50 am
Take one off

You can take Stanford off the list. It was named for its benefactor, Leland Stanford. Sure, the post office says "Stanford," but that's kind of like the "Fort Gordon" post office here in Augusta. Stanford pretty much sits in the city of Palo Alto.
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Oops, one small error: Stanford University is named for the son of the benefactor, i.e. Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid fever at the age of 15.

prov227 08/24/12 - 10:40 am
And one more ...

Wake Forest University, now in Winston-Salem, NC, was named after a very small town in northeastern Wake County (near Raleigh). Except for the divinity school, the college was moved a couple hundred miles west, merged with a medical school, became a university and KEPT the name of the small town! How cool is that?

Riverman1 08/24/12 - 11:29 am
Clemson was named after John

Clemson was named after John Clemson. The town was later renamed Clemson after the college.

Dan White 08/24/12 - 12:10 pm
thanks Riverman

The town was renamed Clemson in 1943 from Calhoun. In this case the town is virtually synonymous with the University and the University is virtually synonymous with the town. Both get their identity from Clemson University. Wouldn't it be great if the University of Augusta became synonymous with Augusta even as the Masters and the Augusta National are virtually synonymous with one another as the idiom" I played Augusta" indicates. If the name was University of Augusta and the University became renown in the same way Clemson has become renown, a new idiom could evolve. A future graduate could perhaps say, "I graduated from Augusta."

Could you imagine the outcry if South Carolina officials decided not to identify with the town of Clemson and John Clemson after they changed its name in 1943 and then changed the name of the University to South Carolina Regents University?

Riverman1 08/24/12 - 02:07 pm
Dan White, I couldn't agree

Dan White, I couldn't agree with you more.

Dan White 08/24/12 - 03:52 pm

Riverman - thanks. Augusta is so rich in the history of our nation. The Georgia ratification of the United States Constitution was signed in Augusta when Augusta was capital of our beloved state. George Washington must have thought Augusta was "cool." He paid a visit in 1791. The United States Army chose to locate one of its strategic training centers, Ft. Gordon, in Augusta, where many of our brave soldiers have departed since WWII to fight for freedom. James Brown loved Augusta! Sherman chose to spare Augusta from his torch. I think Azziz may have torched it if he had been Marching through Georgia LOL! Well, I feel he has torched us! And of course, Bobby Jones chose to build his dream golf course in Augusta. Eisenhower loved to visit Augusta. I could go on and on. It's really sad the way our fair, historic city has been dissed.

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