Top Rated U.S. Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in America for 2024

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2024 as the best public college in America is University of Michigan. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


423 results nationwide

Purdue University Main Campus
P
West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#19 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,344enrollment
  • $12,294net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#20 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,279enrollment
  • $20,247net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

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

Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#21 Best Public Universities in America

  • 72,530enrollment
  • $19,906net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,831enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Rutgers University New Brunswick
R
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#23 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,804enrollment
  • $17,835net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.3Estimated Avg GPA

University at Buffalo
U
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo

Public 4 Year

8 reviews

#24 Best Public Universities in America

  • 32,332enrollment
  • $18,119net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

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

St Mary's College of Maryland

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#25 Best Public Universities in America

  • 1,544enrollment
  • $20,237net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1135-1340SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC

Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 27,341enrollment
  • $22,935net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

SUNY at Binghamton
B
Vestal, NY

SUNY at Binghamton

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 18,055enrollment
  • $19,061net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Stony Brook University
S
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 26,608enrollment
  • $16,478net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.94Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA

Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,652enrollment
  • $18,969net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1300SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M
Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 52,376enrollment
  • $17,729net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1490SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colorado School of Mines
C
Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 7,187enrollment
  • $27,675net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Delaware
D
Newark, DE

University of Delaware

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Delaware

  • 23,996enrollment
  • $19,747net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1155-1340SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.94Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Ohio State University
O
Columbus, OH

Ohio State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 61,677enrollment
  • $18,884net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.76Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
P
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 33,230enrollment
  • $22,346net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1470SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

The College of New Jersey
N
Ewing, NJ

The College of New Jersey

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 7,589enrollment
  • $24,617net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.29Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Georgia
G
Athens, GA

University of Georgia

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Georgia

  • 40,118enrollment
  • $16,580net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1