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The Top Consensus Ranked Public Colleges & Universities list has been developed by College Consensus to show future leaders and scholars across the nation the best options for their needs. By bringing together a full selection of data from publishers and student reviews, College Consensus gets the broadest ranking of the best public schools in the US. If you’re interested in online education, see our ranking of the Best Online Public Colleges & Universities.

How Do We Rank the Best Public Colleges & Universities?

As an aggregate ranking, College Consensus ranks schools based on all of their verified rankings – the sum of all of a college’s rankings. The Consensus score is made up of two parts: the Publisher Rating is an average of all rankings from publishers like US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and WalletHub; the Student Review Rating averages all of the legitimate student reviews from sites like Cappex and My Plan. When averaged all together, these many, many rankings make up College Consensus – the fullest ranking available. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

Public colleges & universities are a vital part of higher education in America. Public schools generally provide a more affordable and accessible option for students than private colleges, helping to democratize higher education and build a more broadly educated citizenship.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

Public schools often get ignored in rankings, despite their critical mission. But College Consensus is different. We’re interested in the big picture, not relying just on one perspective or methodology. National publishers use surveys, investigation, and statistics to rank colleges, while students writing their own reviews use their own experience. College Consensus gives every method and voice its due, letting the unsung but much-loved smaller college have its day right alongside the biggest names. That’s what makes College Consensus unique.

The Top Consensus Ranked Public Colleges & Universities are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

michigan ann arbor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.2
College Consensus
93.1
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

2

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

UCLA
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.9
College Consensus
94
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

3

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

berkeleycampus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.4
College Consensus
93.9
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.5
College Consensus
89.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

5

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

U Virginia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
89
Publisher Consensus
79.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

6

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.2
College Consensus
83.7
Publisher Consensus
80.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

7

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

CSU Stanislaus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
88.2
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

8

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

UF
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
87.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

9

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

UT Austin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
82.5
Publisher Consensus
80.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

10

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA

UC Davis
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.3
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

11

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA

University California Irvine
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.9
College Consensus
86.5
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

12

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

madison UW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

13

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
84.3
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

14

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
86.5
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

15

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

U Washington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
84.9
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

16

University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA

University California San Diego
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.8
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

17

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.2
College Consensus
78.3
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

18

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

bookcase books bookshelves 1850021
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

19

Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
76.9
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

20

College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

william mary
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.6
College Consensus
80.3
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

21

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg)
Blacksburg, VA

VT
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

22

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Michigan state u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
80.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

23

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

CalPoly
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.3
College Consensus
75.8
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

24

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD

umd CP
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.9
College Consensus
80.8
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

25

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.2
College Consensus
85.2
Publisher Consensus
65.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

26

California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.1
College Consensus
85.3
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

27

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
77.1
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

28

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.6
College Consensus
75.2
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

29

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.3
College Consensus
77.7
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

30

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
81.5
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

31

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
74.3
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

32

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
68.5
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

33

State University of New York at New Paltz
New Paltz, NY

new paltz
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

34

California State University Maritime Academy
Vallejo, CA

California Maritime Academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
60.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

35

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.3
College Consensus
73.8
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

36

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.3
College Consensus
71.8
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

37

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

CSU Northridge
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73
College Consensus
80
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

38

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

UConn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.9
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

39

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

40

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

California State University Chico
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.2
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

41

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

CSU San Bernardino 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
74.1
Publisher Consensus
70.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

42

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
66.3
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

43

SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72
College Consensus
72
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

44

University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

45

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
65.3
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

46

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.5
College Consensus
72.2
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

47

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

james madison university office
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
63.9
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

48

University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN

University of Minnesota Morris
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

49

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
63.9
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

50

The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

TCNJ
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
68.8
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

51

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME

maine maritime academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
79.7
Publisher Consensus
59.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

52

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

WCU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

53

Binghamton University
Vestal, NY

Binghamton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
69.6
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

54

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, CA

CalyPoly Pomona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

55

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
61.3
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

56

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
68.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

57

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
73
Publisher Consensus
64.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

58

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

University Wisconsin La Crosse
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

59

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.7
College Consensus
70.8
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

60

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

61

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
62.4
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

62

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

California State University Fullerton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.2
College Consensus
66.8
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

63

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY

Baruch College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
65.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

64

SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNYBrockport
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
64.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

65

SUNY Maritime College
Throggs Neck, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.8
College Consensus
67.6
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

66

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Virginia Military institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.7
College Consensus
66.1
Publisher Consensus
69.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

67

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.6
College Consensus
62
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

68

University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA

University of California Riverside
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
64.6
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

69

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

UDel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.1
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

70

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.7
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
65.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

71

University of California-Merced
Merced, CA

University California Merced
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.5
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

72

CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.2
College Consensus
67.1
Publisher Consensus
65.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

73

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

WesternWashingtonU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

74

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Snow Boulder
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.9
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

75

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University Park, PA

Penn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.8
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

76

University of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

bookcase books bookshelves 1850021
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
61.6
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

77

The University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

University West Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

78

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

79

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

80

Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND

dickinson state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
54.9
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

81

University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

redwood trees UC santa cruz
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.3
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

82

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

83

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
61.3
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

84

SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
55
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

85

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
59.1
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

86

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

University of utah
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

87

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
58.8
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

88

Valley City State University
Valley City, ND

valley city
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.9
College Consensus
53.4
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

89

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
52.7
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

90

California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

CSU Sacramento
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

91

Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.3
College Consensus
63.4
Publisher Consensus
63.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

92

SUNY College at Geneseo
Geneseo, NY

Geneseo SUNY
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

93

New College of Florida
Sarasota, FL

NCF
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

94

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
55.1
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

95

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

96

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

97

Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale, NY

Farmingdale State College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
63.5
Publisher Consensus
62
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

98

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
49
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

99

Florida International University
Miami, FL

FIU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

100

Rutgers University-Newark
Newark, NJ

rutgers newark
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
54.2
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

What Is a State University? 

A state university is a group of public universities supported by a state. Many of the publicly funded universities in the US are public university. The public university definition is a university that receives funds from the government. The public college definition is the same as a public university. The terms university, college and school are now often used interchangeably.

The US Department of Education offers a breakdown of the levels of public higher education. Typically, a public college offers four year bachelor’s degrees in arts and sciences. Some colleges offer master’s degrees in the arts and sciences. Public universities offer bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees, and often have professional schools such as law or medical school. Universities, including major research universities tend to be bigger, have more students and large class sizes. 

Every state has its own public university, or college. U.S. News and World Report produced a list of public universities in each state and ranked them. They recognized University of California – Los Angeles as the top public university.

What are the Advantages of a Public University vs Private University? 

When making a decision about college, students often face the question of public university vs private university. Then they look at cost. The major distinction between a public and private university is how they are funded. A public university is funded by the state or federal government and passes along the savings to the students. Private universities often have great financial aid so students may end up paying less if they can benefit from financial aid. Typically, even the best public universities are less expensive than private ones. That isn’t the only area where public universities win out over private universities. 

Business Insider took a deeper dive into the public university vs private university question. They found that the best value public colleges are all over the country and students leave public colleges with less debt than private college students. Public universities are more affordable and accessible to the majority of students. The best public universities in the world tend to be more social. They have more students, which allows for there to be more people with which to interact. 

Since public universities are state and government funded, they have more resources within the college. Students will find up to date equipment and in larger supply than they might at a private university. 

What States are Known for their Public Universities?

When looking for a state school, students may wonder how many public universities in the US? Every state has at least one, but usually more, public universities. According to U.S. News and World Report, of all the public colleges in California the University of California – Los Angeles is ranked number one. It offers more than 3,800 courses and 130 under graduate majors. 

The best public universities in Texas are the University of Texas – Austin, which is one of the largest schools in the nation. Of all of the many public universities in Texas, the University of Texas is one of the highest ranked in the Nation. It is divided into 18 different colleges and schools. Texas A & M – College Station is another one of the best public universities in Texas. It offers students an amazing education wrapped in tradition and spirit. Texas A & M prepares its graduates to be leaders in their community.   

Some of the nation’s best colleges in New York state stand out above all others. The best of SUNY colleges is Binghamton University. The campus is known for its outdoor attributes as it has a nature preserve, forest and pond. They also have one of the highest freshman retention rates in the country. Another one of the best colleges in New York City, also known as a (City of New York) CUNY college is Baruch College. It is located in Manhattan, so it has a 17 story building, known as Newman Vertical Campus, to create a college life in the city. There is limited housing available to students. 

Are Public Colleges Easy to Get In? 

The requirements for public college are becoming tougher with each passing year. The more well known the public college, the more challenging it may be to gain acceptance. There are many students wanting to gain access and the competition keeps raising the bar. The California Career Center offers tips to students looking to attend a public college. The top advice offered is for the student to get the best grades possible for his or her entire high school career. All the grades matter, not just junior year. Another top piece of advice is to take advanced classes. Take the most challenging classes possible for all four years of high school, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes. 

Since every state has a public college, students may wonder is there a public college near me? There are many resources for potential students to find the best colleges near them. The best first step a student’s current guidance counselor, or a college fair to find out potential options.