The Ultimate Quiz on the Best Public Colleges in Each State

If you study how people learn most effectively, you will discover that testing our recall is one the most effective methods. It does take energy and effort to do this, but the pathways being established in the brain when recall is required are stronger and more long-lasting than almost any other form of learning.

In short, this is not going to be an easy quiz. It will take effort. However, I am going to tell you the same thing I tell my students – if you want to look up the answers, that is fine with me. The work that goes in to finding the answers is just as significant as knowing the answers. You still have to put in effort to find the answers and in writing them down, you are building neural pathways. Plus, in a world when most of us can partner with Siri and Google to find the answer in seconds, there is really no need to memorize most facts. (I have friends who are doctors who tell me they literally watch Youtube for tips on approaches various common medical procedures that they have forgotten.)

Your “grading scale” is much more gracious than a traditional breakdown in which less than 60% would be failure. This is what I have created:

How to Evaluate Your Success on the Ultimate Flagship/Land Grant College Quiz

Your Score Your “Grade”
100-120You should be writing quizzes, not me. I am not worthy to give you quizzes!
80-99Extraordinary – you must have passed the 10,000-hour threshold for a higher education expert
60-79Over 50%?! You are well on your way to teaching graduate courses in higher education.
40-59If you were a baseball player and scored this well (over .333), you would be earning well over $10M/year and have won the batting title in 2022!
20-39You regularly read the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and/or some other higher education news sources. The average person on the street would not have done this well.
0-19You may feel like the person learning exercise who feels inadequate and unsure of themselves. But remember this, 60% of US citizens don’t meet the recommended amount of daily exercise – you are doing more than them! It takes one step at a time to make it to the top of mountain!
  1. Name three states and public universities which are neither the state’s flagship university nor the state’s land-grant institution but ranked as better than any other public university in the state?  (6 points) Hint – Two of the answers have the name of the state in their name.
#Non-Flagship Nor Land Grant Ranked Highest in StateState
1Colorado School of the MinesCO
2Georgia TechGA
3PittsburghPA

2. What are the 3 states where there is a land grant university ranked higher than the flagship university? (6 points) Hint – Two are in the southeastern US

#Non-Flagship Ranked Higher than FlagshipFlagship University
1PurdueIndiana 
2ClemsonSouth Carolina
3AuburnAlabama

3. What are the names of the 4 universities that are land grant colleges and have A&M in their name? (4 points) Hint – 3 of the answers have the name of the state in their name

#Public A&M University Names
1Texas A&M
2Alabama A&M
3Florida A&M
4Prairie View A&M

4. What is the second best ranked (US News) public college in each of these 7 states (after the #1 ranked university in 1st column). (7 points) Hint: Your answer for all these will not include the state’s name in the university name.

#State Flagship & Land Grant University2nd Ranked Public University
1ConnecticutCoast Guard Academy  
2IdahoBoise State
3KentuckyU. of Louisville
4New HampshireKeene State
5TennesseeU. of Memphis  
6West VirginiaMarshall  
7WyomingLaramie County Community College

5. Name the second best ranked (US News) public college in each of these 23 states (after the #1 ranked university in column 1)? (23 points)  1st Hint: Your answer for each will include the name of the state in the university name. 2nd Hint: 2 of your answers in column 1 are not 1st in their state so they will be your answer in column 2

#State Flagship & Land Grant University2nd Ranked Public University
1Alaska FairbanksAlaska Southeast
2ArizonaArizona State
3ArkansasArkansas State
4Cal BerkeleyUCLA
5DelawareDelaware State
6FloridaFlorida State
7GeorgiaGeorgia
8Hawaii ManoaHawaii Hilo
9IllinoisIllinois Chicago
10Louisiana St.Louisiana Tech
11MaineMaine Maritime Academy
12MarylandMaryland Baltimore County
13MassachusettsMassachusetts Lowell 
14MinnesotaMinnesota Morris
15MissouriMissouri Institute of Science & Technology 
16NebraskaNebraska Omaha
17Nevada RenoNevada Las Vegas
18Rutgers (New Jersey)New Jersey Institute of Technology
19Ohio St.Miami of Ohio
20Penn St.Penn State
21Rhode IslandRhode Island College
22VermontVermont Tech
23WisconsinWisconsin La Crosse

6. There are 18 states that have an HBCU (historically black college or university) which is designated as a land-grant institution for the state. How many of the public HBCU land grant colleges can you name? Alabama, has two answers for this question. (18 points)  Hint: 11 of the 19 answers below have the name of their state in their name.

#StatesPublic HBCU Land Grant Name
1ArkansasArkansas Pine Bluff
2DelawareDelaware State
3FloridaFlorida A&M
4GeorgiaFort Valley State
5KentuckyKentucky State
6Louisiana St.Southern
7MarylandMaryland Eastern Shore
8MissouriLincoln
9Ohio St.Central State
10TennesseeTennessee State
11West VirginiaWest Virginia State
12Alabama#1 – Alabama A&M                              #2 – Tuskegee
13MississippiAlcorn State
14North CarolinaNorth Carolina A&T
15OklahomaLangston
16South CarolinaSouth Carolina State
17TexasPrairie View A&M
18VirginiaVirginia State

7. What are the 20 states where you can add the word “State” to the flagship institution’s name and have both the flagship and one of the land grant institutions?  (20 points) Big Hint – 6 of them will be HBCU Land Grant Colleges starting with the letters, D, K, S, T, V, W

#FlagshipLand Grant
1ColoradoColorado State
2DelawareDelaware State (HBCU)
3IowaIowa State
4KansasKansas State
5KentuckyKentucky State (HBCU)
6MichiganMichigan State
7MississippiMississippi State
8MontanaMontana State
9New MexicoNew Mexico State
10North CarolinaNorth Carolina State
11North DakotaNorth Dakota State
12OklahomaOklahoma State
13OregonOregon State
14South CarolinaSouth Carolina State (HBCU)
15South DakotaSouth Dakota State
16TennesseeTennessee State (HBCU)
17UtahUtah State
18VirginiaVirginia State (HBCU)
19WashingtonWashington State
20West VirginiaWest Virginia State (HBCU)

8. One of the toughest questions – How many of 6 states where the flagship and land grant institutions have different names and one of them does not have the word “State” in their name can you name? (13 points) Hint: If you know sports conferences, 5 of your 6 your answers are found here – 1 from the SEC, Big 10, & ACC, and 2 that that have one university in two different Power 5 Conferences. 2nd Hint: For answer 6, the last state is not in any Power 5 Conferences and has 2 named flagship institutions (I don’t expect anyone to get this answer).

#FlagshipLand Grant
1AlabamaAuburn
2South CarolinaClemson
3IndianaPurdue
4VirginiaVirginia Tech
5Texas & Texas A&MTexas A&M
6#1 Buffalo  #2 Stony BrookCornell

9. What are the 16 states that have neither their flagship nor land grant institution in one of the Power 5 Athletic Conferences (69 teams from 34 states in SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, & ACC)? (16 points) Hint: Don’t look in the southeast.

#States
1Alaska
2Connecticut
3Delaware
4Hawaii
5Idaho
6Maine
7Massachusetts
8Montana
9Nevada
10New Hampshire
11New Mexico
12North Dakota
13Rhode Island
14South Dakota
15Vermont
16Wyoming

10. Miscellaneous Questions (6 points)

a. What is the only state that has designated a private university as the state land grant university?

New York – Cornell (1 point)

b. What is the only state that has designated a private land grant university, in addition to a public one?

    Massachusetts – MIT (1 point)

c. What is the only state where the public HBCU land grant is the state’s 2nd best public college?

Delaware State (1 point)

d. What is the only land grant institution that uses “A&T” in its name instead of “A&M”?

North Carolina A&T (1 point)

e. What are two state flagship institutions that you can add the word “state” to them and have a Power 5 and top 30 largest colleges in the US but the university is not a flagship or land grant university?

Florida (State) and Arizona (State) (2 points)

f. What is the farthest northern land grant HBCU, in a state that is not classified as part of the South?  

Central State, Ohio (1 point)

Based on the number of questions you got correct, this is how you might evaluate your success.

How to Evaluate Your Success

Your ScoreYour “Grade”
100-120You should be writing quizzes, not me. I am not worthy to give you quizzes!
80-99This is extraordinary – you have probably passed the 10,000 hour threshold for a higher education expert
60-79Over 50%?! You are well on your way to teaching graduate courses in higher education.
40-59If you were a baseball player and scored this well (over .333), you would be earning well over $10M/ year and actually have won the batting title in 2022!
20-39You probably read the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, or some other higher education news sources, the average person on the street would not have done this well.
0-19You may feel like the person learning exercise regularly who feels inadequate and unsure of themselves. But remember this – 60% of US citizens don’t meet the recommended amount of daily exercise – you are doing more than them but make an effort! Baby steps are still steps!

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