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Ivy League schools, with their extensive rosters of famous alums, are typically lauded as bastions of success.
As it turns out, public colleges and universities can boast a similar claim.
Business Insider compiled a list of the most successful people who received an undergraduate degree from a public school.
From one of the richest people in the world to a former vice president, some of the most successful people in the US chose to attend public universities for their college degree.
Rex Tillerson — University of Texas at Austin
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.
Maxine Waters — California State University, Los Angeles
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Rep. Maxine Waters of California graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1970 with a degree in sociology.
Jon Stewart — College of William & Mary
The comedian and television host attended the College of William & Mary located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and graduated in 1984 with a psychology degree.
Larry Page — University of Michigan
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Page, cofounder of Google, graduated from Michigan in 1995 with a degree in computer engineering.
Nikki Haley — Clemson University
Hayley, a United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Gerald Ford — University of Michigan
The 38th president of the US graduated from the University of Michigan in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
Joe Biden — University of Delaware
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Former Vice President Joe Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 with a major in history and political science.
Sanjay Gupta — University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Gupta, a neurosurgeon, author, and reporter, graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.
Warren Buffett — University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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Billionaire business investor Warren Buffet originally started college at the University of Pennsylvania, but transferred home and completed a degree in business administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dick Costolo — University of Michigan
The former CEO of Twitter graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985 with a degree in computer and communication sciences. Costolo is currently a partner at venture capital firm Index Partners.
Larry Fink — University of California-Los Angeles
Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, received a degree in political science from UCLA in 1974.