Top Rated Midwest Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the Midwest for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the Midwest as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 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.


92 results

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#20 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 46,716enrollment
  • $17,357net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
Purdue University Main Campus
P
West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,474enrollment
  • $12,684net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1440SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
University of Wisconsin Madison
W
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin Madison

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 43,463enrollment
  • $16,103net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#23 Best Public Universities in America

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $14,660net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg GPA
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#25 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,734enrollment
  • $17,279net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1480SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
Ohio State University
O
Columbus, OH
Ohio State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 61,170enrollment
  • $18,706net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1460SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.76*Avg GPA
Indiana University Bloomington
I
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Bloomington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Indiana

  • 43,503enrollment
  • $13,036net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1360SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA
Michigan State University
S
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Michigan

  • 50,351enrollment
  • $16,579net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA
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

  • 8,601enrollment
  • $13,954net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 31,656enrollment
  • $17,008net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1340SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Miami University
M
Oxford, OH
Miami University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 19,934enrollment
  • $22,989net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1390SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA
Michigan Technological University
M
Houghton, MI
Michigan Technological University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Michigan

  • 7,172enrollment
  • $17,814net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1370SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg 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

  • 31,683enrollment
  • $12,322net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
University of Missouri Columbia
M
Columbia, MO
University of Missouri Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 29,843enrollment
  • $15,850net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1340SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61*Avg GPA
University of Minnesota Morris
M
Morris, MN
University of Minnesota Morris

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,552enrollment
  • $11,682net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 4,575enrollment
  • $11,534net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 995-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
University of Nebraska Lincoln
N
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska Lincoln

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Nebraska

  • 25,820enrollment
  • $17,093net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.57*Avg GPA
University of Missouri Kansas City
M
Kansas City, MO
University of Missouri Kansas City

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Missouri

  • 16,375enrollment
  • $14,921net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 980-1330SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA