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Looking for a great college that has a place for everyone? Check out the best public colleges and universities ranking at College Consensus. 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 2021 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.

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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
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

2

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

U Virginia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.1
College Consensus
90.4
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

3

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

UCLA
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

4

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

berkeleycampus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

5

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
88.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

6

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

CSU Stanislaus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.9
College Consensus
89.7
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

7

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

palm trees and a large brick campus building
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.7
College Consensus
90.3
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

8

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

California State University Chico
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.6
College Consensus
89.7
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

9

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.1
College Consensus
84.2
Publisher Consensus
79.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

10

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA

UC Davis
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.8
College Consensus
88.8
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

11

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA

University California Irvine
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
87.1
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

12

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

madison UW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
83.1
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

13

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

UT Austin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
82.6
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

14

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.4
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

15

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

16

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

U Washington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
84.4
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

17

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
83.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

18

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.6
College Consensus
85
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

19

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, MA

Campus Aerial 2018
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
94.5
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

20

William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

21

University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA

University California San Diego
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.7
College Consensus
90.4
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

22

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
86.1
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

23

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

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

24

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

CSU San Bernardino 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78
College Consensus
85.5
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

25

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

CSU Northridge
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.8
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

26

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

VT
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77
College Consensus
71.7
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

27

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

backpacks college college students 1454360
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.9
College Consensus
82.8
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

28

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

CalPoly
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.5
College Consensus
76.3
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

29

California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

CSU Sacramento
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.3
College Consensus
85.9
Publisher Consensus
66.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

30

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

WesternWashingtonU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.5
College Consensus
77.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

31

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

james madison university office
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
71.8
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

32

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

bookcase books bookshelves 1850021
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.5
College Consensus
74.3
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

33

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.1
College Consensus
69.2
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

34

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74
College Consensus
73.1
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

35

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

36

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

37

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Michigan state u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
65.4
Publisher Consensus
80.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

38

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

App state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
68.3
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

39

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

UConn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73
College Consensus
73.9
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

40

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.9
College Consensus
73.1
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

41

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

42

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
72.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

43

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

44

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, CA

CalyPoly Pomona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
72.9
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

45

Keene State College
Keene, NH

keene state college
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.4
College Consensus
71.9
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

46

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME

maine maritime academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.2
College Consensus
88.3
Publisher Consensus
56.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

47

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
70
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

48

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.2
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

49

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

California State University Fullerton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.9
College Consensus
72.2
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

50

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD

umd CP
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

51

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.4
College Consensus
68.9
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

52

California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.3
College Consensus
75.6
Publisher Consensus
65
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

53

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Virginia Military institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

54

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM

new mexico tech campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.1
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

55

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA

UMW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

56

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
73.5
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

57

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI

Michigan Dearborn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.8
College Consensus
68
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

58

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

59

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
64.6
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

60

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
73.5
Publisher Consensus
65
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

61

The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

TCNJ
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
67.3
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

62

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

University Wisconsin La Crosse
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.1
College Consensus
61
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

63

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

new paltz
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69
College Consensus
65.8
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

64

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69
College Consensus
72.5
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

65

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

66

University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME

Maine Farmington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

67

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

68

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.5
College Consensus
59.3
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

69

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

UDel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
62.3
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

70

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY

Baruch College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
65.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

71

Binghamton University
Vestal, NY

Binghamton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.6
College Consensus
67.6
Publisher Consensus
67.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

72

Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale, NY

Farmingdale State College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.5
College Consensus
73
Publisher Consensus
61.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

73

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

74

University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA

University of California Riverside
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.1
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

75

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

76

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

77

California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

CSU San Marcos
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.9
College Consensus
64.4
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

78

St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD

St Marys College Maryland
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.8
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

79

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

San Jose State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.6
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

80

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

ISU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

81

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.9
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

82

California State University Maritime Academy
Vallejo, CA

California Maritime Academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.6
College Consensus
74.4
Publisher Consensus
56.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

83

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

84

Longwood University
Farmville, VA

Longwood University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

85

Arizona State University-Tempe
Tempe, AZ

ASU Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
59
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

86

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.2
College Consensus
55.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

87

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University Park, PA

Penn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

88

Radford University
Radford, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

89

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

University Central Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

90

SUNY Maritime College
Throggs Neck, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
61.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

91

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
61.4
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

92

SUNY College at Geneseo
Geneseo, NY

Geneseo SUNY
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
55.8
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

93

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
59.7
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

94

Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Michigan Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

95

CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
62.6
Publisher Consensus
65.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

96

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

97

California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

backpacks college college students 1454360
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
61.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

98

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
59.4
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

99

Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.9
College Consensus
59.3
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

100

SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNYBrockport
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

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.