Top Rated South Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the South for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the South as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the best public college in the South is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


183 results

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,011enrollment
  • $10,085net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1500SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.6Avg GPA
College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,817enrollment
  • $18,551net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.12Avg GPA
University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#25 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 24,639enrollment
  • $17,579net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.22Avg GPA
University of Florida
F
Gainesville, FL
University of Florida

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 52,218enrollment
  • $10,457net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.1Avg GPA
University of Maryland College Park
M
College Park, MD
University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,200enrollment
  • $17,723net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1470SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 4.11Avg GPA
The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 51,832enrollment
  • $15,502net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in America

  • 35,479enrollment
  • $14,958net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.37Avg GPA
Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus
G
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#20 Best Public Universities in America

  • 32,723enrollment
  • $16,883net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1510SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 3.95Avg GPA
Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#21 Best Public Universities in America

  • 68,679enrollment
  • $19,237net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.68*Avg GPA
Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC
Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#24 Best Public Universities in America

  • 24,951enrollment
  • $21,482net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1400SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 34,683enrollment
  • $18,449net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1390SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.95Avg GPA
Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA
Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,685enrollment
  • $13,428net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
University of Georgia
G
Athens, GA
University of Georgia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Georgia

  • 38,652enrollment
  • $15,961net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
University of Delaware
D
Newark, DE
University of Delaware

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Delaware

  • 24,120enrollment
  • $17,539net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1350SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
St Mary's College of Maryland
S
St. Mary's City, MD
St Mary's College of Maryland

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Maryland

  • 1,582enrollment
  • $20,996net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1290SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.53*Avg GPA
Florida State University
F
Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Florida

  • 41,005enrollment
  • $12,568net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1340SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.88Avg 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

  • 1,895enrollment
  • $14,908net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
University of South Carolina Columbia
S
Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 34,795enrollment
  • $21,787net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1370SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 4.15Avg GPA