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

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
C
Charleston, SC
Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in South Carolina

  • 3,740enrollment
  • $17,920net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Maryland Baltimore County
M
Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 13,497enrollment
  • $16,868net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1350SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 1

James Madison University
J
Harrisonburg, VA
James Madison University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 21,594enrollment
  • $18,592net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1280SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.57Estimated Avg GPA

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
N
Winston-Salem, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,070enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Mary Washington
M
Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mary Washington

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,293enrollment
  • $22,569net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1270SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.64Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Kentucky
K
Lexington, KY
University of Kentucky

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 29,986enrollment
  • $19,831net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Louisville
L
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Kentucky

  • 22,211enrollment
  • $17,894net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Central Florida
C
Orlando, FL
University of Central Florida

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 71,881enrollment
  • $11,108net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.16Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Louisiana State University
L
Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Louisiana

  • 34,285enrollment
  • $20,352net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1300SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.55Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

University of Arkansas
A
Fayetteville, AR
University of Arkansas

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 27,562enrollment
  • $16,759net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.75Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 31

University of South Florida Main Campus
S
Tampa, FL
University of South Florida Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 50,626enrollment
  • $10,004net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.01Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

The University of Alabama
A
Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Alabama

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#1 Best Value in Alabama

  • 37,840enrollment
  • $20,518net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1330SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Auburn University
A
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 30,737enrollment
  • $24,028net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

College of Charleston
C
Charleston, SC
College of Charleston

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,384enrollment
  • $20,351net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
N
Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 17,915enrollment
  • $17,946net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1310SAT range
  • 23-27ACT range
  • 4.01Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
A
Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Alabama

  • 22,563enrollment
  • $16,978net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1328SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Mississippi State University
M
Mississippi State, MS
Mississippi State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Mississippi

  • 22,986enrollment
  • $16,402net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of North Carolina at Asheville
N
Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 3,363enrollment
  • $13,854net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1