Top Rated U.S. Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in America for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the best public college in America is University of Michigan. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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College of William and Mary
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University of Virginia Main Campus
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University of Maryland College Park
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The College of New Jersey

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University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#20 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 46,716enrollment
  • $17,357net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,011enrollment
  • $10,085net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1500SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.6Avg GPA
College of William and Mary
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Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,817enrollment
  • $18,551net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.12Avg GPA

127 miles from

University of California Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,537enrollment
  • $15,718net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 4.29Avg GPA
University of Virginia Main Campus
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Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#25 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 24,639enrollment
  • $17,579net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.22Avg GPA

89 miles from

University of California Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

  • 42,501enrollment
  • $18,522net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
University of Washington Seattle Campus
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Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 47,400enrollment
  • $10,692net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
University of Florida

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 52,218enrollment
  • $10,457net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.1Avg GPA
University of California San Diego
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La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,887enrollment
  • $14,864net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1490SAT range
  • 26-34ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA
University of California Irvine
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Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,032enrollment
  • $15,268net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1420SAT range
  • 24-33ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
University of Connecticut
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Storrs, CT
University of Connecticut

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 27,412enrollment
  • $20,042net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.74*Avg GPA
University of California Davis
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Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in America

  • 38,167enrollment
  • $15,886net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1410SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
University of Maryland College Park
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College Park, MD
University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,200enrollment
  • $17,723net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1470SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 4.11Avg GPA

30 miles from

The University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 51,832enrollment
  • $15,502net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
Purdue University Main Campus
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West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,474enrollment
  • $12,684net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1440SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in America

  • 35,479enrollment
  • $14,958net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.37Avg GPA
University of Wisconsin Madison
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Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin Madison

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 43,463enrollment
  • $16,103net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
The College of New Jersey
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Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Public Universities in America

  • 7,686enrollment
  • $23,945net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.29*Avg GPA

167 miles from