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 Mississippi
M
University, MS

University of Mississippi

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Value in Mississippi

  • 21,203enrollment
  • $13,540net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 1025-1225SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
N
Socorro, NM

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in New Mexico

  • 1,734enrollment
  • $14,834net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.63Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of Arizona
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Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Arizona

  • 48,274enrollment
  • $15,620net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1370SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

University of Maryland Baltimore County
M
Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 13,638enrollment
  • $16,868net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1410SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Missouri Kansas City
M
Kansas City, MO

University of Missouri Kansas City

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 16,003enrollment
  • $16,016net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1143-1506SAT range
  • 21-30ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

Miami University
M
Oxford, OH

Miami University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 19,264enrollment
  • $24,345net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1370SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

CUNY City College
C
New York, NY

CUNY City College

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 15,031enrollment
  • $4,546net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1260SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
C
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 3,693enrollment
  • $17,920net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Rutgers University Camden
R
Camden, NJ

Rutgers University Camden

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey

  • 6,569enrollment
  • $15,381net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1230SAT range
  • 17-25ACT range
  • 3.23Estimated Avg GPA

University of Alaska Fairbanks
A
Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Alaska

  • 6,826enrollment
  • $10,778net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 17-27ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 3,944enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 990-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

CUNY Hunter College
H
New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 24,099enrollment
  • $4,014net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1340SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Louisiana State University
L
Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Louisiana

  • 35,912enrollment
  • $20,352net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA

Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 88,914enrollment
  • $25,548net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

University of Nebraska Lincoln
N
Lincoln, NE

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Nebraska

  • 24,431enrollment
  • $17,341net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1320SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Louisville
L
Louisville, KY

University of Louisville

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 22,140enrollment
  • $17,894net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Wyoming
W
Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Wyoming

  • 11,479enrollment
  • $12,224net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 10

University of New Hampshire Main Campus
N
Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in New Hampshire

  • 14,001enrollment
  • $24,847net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1300SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1