Miami University of Ohio (OH)
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is among the top ten oldest public universities in the United States. It was founded in 1809, before Midwest neighbors like Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois even became states. Today, it educates more than 23,000 students at its sprawling, small-town campus and competes in collegiate sports as the Miami RedHawks. It’s been recognized as an elite Public Ivy school in the past, meaning that the quality of its public education is comparable to what’s offered at the nation’s top, private Ivy Leagues such as Harvard and Yale.