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

Old Dominion University
O
Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 24,286enrollment
  • $17,162net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

The University of Virginia's College at Wise
V
Wise, VA
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,905enrollment
  • $9,418net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

The University of West Florida
W
Pensacola, FL
The University of West Florida

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 13,061enrollment
  • $8,452net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1230SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

Winthrop University
W
Rock Hill, SC
Winthrop University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 5,576enrollment
  • $19,300net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.98Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of South Alabama
S
Mobile, AL
University of South Alabama

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 14,224enrollment
  • $14,822net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 983-1190SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.71Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Mississippi University for Women
M
Columbus, MS
 
Mississippi University for Women

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Mississippi

  • 2,704enrollment
  • $13,023net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 990-1300SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

The University of Tennessee Martin
T
Martin, TN
 
The University of Tennessee Martin

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 7,117enrollment
  • $11,895net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

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

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 19,764enrollment
  • $9,853net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Middle Tennessee State University
M
Murfreesboro, TN
Middle Tennessee State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 22,080enrollment
  • $12,265net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 31

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 8,899enrollment
  • $12,235net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 970-1190SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Florida Gulf Coast University
F
Fort Myers, FL
Florida Gulf Coast University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 15,358enrollment
  • $10,151net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1210SAT range
  • 21-25ACT range
  • 4.06Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 1

Coastal Carolina University
C
Conway, SC
Coastal Carolina University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,118enrollment
  • $14,716net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Longwood University
L
Farmville, VA
Longwood University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,841enrollment
  • $21,446net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 960-1140SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of New Orleans
N
New Orleans, LA
University of New Orleans

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Louisiana

  • 8,375enrollment
  • $11,256net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1270SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Georgia State University
G
Atlanta, GA
Georgia State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 36,360enrollment
  • $17,750net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Arkansas State University Main Campus
A
Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 13,106enrollment
  • $14,275net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1220SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Frostburg State University
F
Frostburg, MD
Frostburg State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 4,857enrollment
  • $15,970net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 910-1130SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

McNeese State University
M
Lake Charles, LA
McNeese State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Louisiana

  • 7,284enrollment
  • $9,721net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.36Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15