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

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
O
Norman, OK

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 28,042enrollment
  • $21,836net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1340SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome
S
Utica, NY

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 2,850enrollment
  • $14,586net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1400SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of Hawaii at Manoa
H
Honolulu, HI

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Value in Hawaii

  • 19,098enrollment
  • $15,193net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1290SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

George Mason University
G
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 38,628enrollment
  • $18,285net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Ramapo College of New Jersey
R
Mahwah, NJ

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 5,732enrollment
  • $17,286net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Michigan State University
S
East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Michigan

  • 49,659enrollment
  • $16,655net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Truman State University
T
Kirksville, MO

Truman State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 4,225enrollment
  • $12,621net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1093-1290SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

University of Mary Washington
M
Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 3,956enrollment
  • $22,569net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

University of Missouri Columbia
M
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 31,401enrollment
  • $16,930net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.61Estimated Avg GPA

Michigan Technological University
M
Houghton, MI

Michigan Technological University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Michigan

  • 7,008enrollment
  • $17,356net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1335SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

University of Utah
U
Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Utah

  • 34,464enrollment
  • $12,881net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1390SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Kansas
K
Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Value in Kansas

  • 26,780enrollment
  • $20,054net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1330SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

University of California Riverside
C
Riverside, CA

University of California Riverside

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,847enrollment
  • $11,948net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Rowan University
R
Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 19,052enrollment
  • $24,810net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
N
Winston-Salem, NC

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,119enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1380SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

SUNY at Albany
A
Albany, NY

SUNY at Albany

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 17,075enrollment
  • $17,486net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX

The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Texas

  • 29,696enrollment
  • $11,185net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1450SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

James Madison University
J
Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 22,166enrollment
  • $18,592net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.57Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15