Top Rated East Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the East for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the East as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in the East is University of Connecticut. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 7,489enrollment
  • $16,079net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Ramapo College of New Jersey
R
Mahwah, NJ
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 6,042enrollment
  • $17,286net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

CUNY City College
C
New York, NY
CUNY City College

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 15,227enrollment
  • $4,546net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1260SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Rowan University
R
Glassboro, NJ
Rowan University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 19,678enrollment
  • $24,810net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Rutgers University Newark
R
Newark, NJ
Rutgers University Newark

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 13,231enrollment
  • $13,832net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1170SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.23Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

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

  • 14,348enrollment
  • $24,847net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Rutgers University Camden
R
Camden, NJ
Rutgers University Camden

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey

  • 7,076enrollment
  • $15,381net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.23Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

SUNY at Purchase College
P
Purchase, NY
SUNY at Purchase College

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 3,685enrollment
  • $16,538net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1280SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

CUNY Brooklyn College
B
Brooklyn, NY
CUNY Brooklyn College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 17,735enrollment
  • $4,736net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1180SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA

University of Rhode Island
R
Kingston, RI
University of Rhode Island

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Rhode Island

  • 17,649enrollment
  • $15,386net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1260SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

CUNY Queens College
Q
Flushing, NY
CUNY Queens College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 19,700enrollment
  • $5,594net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1190SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

SUNY College at Cortland
C
Cortland, NY
SUNY College at Cortland

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 6,832enrollment
  • $17,743net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1220SAT range
  • 22-26ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
M
Buzzards Bay, MA
Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

  • 1,637enrollment
  • $17,635net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1185SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.32Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
M
Lowell, MA
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

  • 18,150enrollment
  • $19,147net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

SUNY College at Brockport
B
Brockport, NY
SUNY College at Brockport

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 7,592enrollment
  • $16,076net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1160SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.25Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Central Connecticut State University
C
New Britain, CT
Central Connecticut State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Connecticut

  • 10,652enrollment
  • $16,017net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.14Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Worcester State University
W
Worcester, MA
Worcester State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

  • 5,724enrollment
  • $16,183net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1190SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

SUNY Maritime College
S
Throggs Neck, NY
SUNY Maritime College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 1,671enrollment
  • $18,496net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1230SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1