Top Rated Southeast Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the Southeast for 2022

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


136 results

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

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,092enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1490SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,939enrollment
  • $18,588net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1490SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.28Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in America

  • 25,628enrollment
  • $19,043net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.31Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Florida
F
Gainesville, FL
University of Florida

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 53,372enrollment
  • $10,075net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 1

University of Maryland College Park
M
College Park, MD
University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in America

  • 40,709enrollment
  • $17,643net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.36Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,042enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus
G
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#21 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,771enrollment
  • $17,410net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 4.09Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#24 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,024enrollment
  • $20,247net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1370SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC
Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#25 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,406enrollment
  • $22,935net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Delaware
D
Newark, DE
University of Delaware

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Delaware

  • 23,613enrollment
  • $19,747net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Georgia
G
Athens, GA
University of Georgia

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Georgia

  • 39,147enrollment
  • $16,580net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 4.02Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

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

  • 1,508enrollment
  • $20,237net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA
Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,698enrollment
  • $18,969net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Florida State University
F
Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Florida

  • 43,569enrollment
  • $12,815net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1350SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 4.16Avg Weighted GPA

University of South Carolina Columbia
S
Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 35,470enrollment
  • $21,784net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1340SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 4.26Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

George Mason University
G
Fairfax, VA
George Mason University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 38,541enrollment
  • $18,285net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

The University of Tennessee
T
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 30,559enrollment
  • $21,133net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1303SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.93Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Mississippi
M
University, MS
University of Mississippi

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Value in Mississippi

  • 21,014enrollment
  • $13,540net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1230SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15