Top Rated Midwest Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the Midwest for 2022

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


87 results

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#15 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 47,907enrollment
  • $17,832net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Wisconsin Madison
W
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin Madison

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,640enrollment
  • $14,030net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1460SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Purdue University Main Campus
P
West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in America

  • 46,655enrollment
  • $12,294net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1420SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#20 Best Public Universities in America

  • 52,679enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 52,017enrollment
  • $17,729net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1460SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Ohio State University
O
Columbus, OH
Ohio State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 61,369enrollment
  • $18,884net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1430SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.76Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Indiana University Bloomington
I
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Bloomington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Indiana

  • 43,064enrollment
  • $13,191net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1350SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Michigan Technological University
M
Houghton, MI
Michigan Technological University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Michigan

  • 6,873enrollment
  • $17,356net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 30,318enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Michigan State University
S
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Michigan

  • 49,695enrollment
  • $16,655net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Missouri University of Science and Technology
M
Rolla, MO
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 7,642enrollment
  • $13,476net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1238-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Missouri Columbia
M
Columbia, MO
University of Missouri Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 31,089enrollment
  • $16,930net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Minnesota Morris
M
Morris, MN
University of Minnesota Morris

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,339enrollment
  • $11,147net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Miami University
M
Oxford, OH
Miami University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 18,880enrollment
  • $24,345net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1370SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 4,146enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 980-1190SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.42Estimated Avg GPA

Truman State University
T
Kirksville, MO
Truman State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 4,655enrollment
  • $12,621net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Nebraska Lincoln
N
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska Lincoln

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Nebraska

  • 25,108enrollment
  • $17,341net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1