What is a Flagship University?

Flickr user Rodrigo Bernal

Flickr user Rodrigo Bernal

Every country has multiple universities, especially the United States, which counts with 4,726 post-secondary institutions. But still, every time someone asks about U.S universities, people tend to answer giving the same names: University of California, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Texas. These universities and many others are constantly named because of their popularity. They are the most prominent and important universities of their specific states, the Flagship Universities.

A flagship university tends to be the most known university in its state. It is generally the first public university ever founded and the one that receives the most support from the state government. It’s an institution people tend to search for the most, one with a good doctoral program profile. The majority of flagship universities count with and NCAA Division I athletics and are members of the Association of American Universities. Both groups are very important in the United States, being a part of them is a sign of leadership and prestige.

The NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It is organized in three divisions, I, II, and III, and helps student athletes who compete every year in college sports. Students from schools who are part of the first and second division are given scholarships in order to help them pay for their education. Being a member of this association is a cause of respect, because only those universities with extremely good athletes get into Division I, only outstanding students are given scholarships, and every college’s and university’s goals is to create outstanding students.

On the other hand, the Association of American Universities, is devoted to maintain a good education system and only accepts those universities who are leader in academic research. Sixty-two universities have the honor to say they are part of this association, sixty function in the United States and two in Canada. In order to be a part of the AAU, universities must be invited and have three fourths of affirmative votes.

By having these associations in their resumes, universities escalate the prestige ladder until they are localized at the very top. Counting with amazing student, respected professors and facilities that are improved frequently, flagship universities represent a bright future for anyone who attends them. These are all of the flagship universities of the United States:

University of Alabama

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University at Buffalo

University of California, Berkeley

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Idaho

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Indiana University Bloomington

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

Louisiana State University

University of Maine

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi 

University of Missouri

University of Montana

University of Nebraska Lincoln

University of Nevada, Reno

University of New Hampshire

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Dakota

Ohio State University

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

Pennsylvania State University

University of Rhode Island

Rutgers University

University of South Carolina

University of South Dakota

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Austin

University of Utah

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Washington

West Virginia University

University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wyoming

Are you interested in any of these universities? Check out our college match tool to see your admission odds for these or other colleges around the country!

Maria Andreina Fernandez

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