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 Central Arkansas
C
Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 10,335enrollment
  • $16,048net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
T
Chattanooga, TN
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 11,728enrollment
  • $14,888net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1200SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

Marshall University
M
Huntington, WV
Marshall University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in West Virginia

  • 11,958enrollment
  • $8,387net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 940-1145SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

Coppin State University
C
HBCU
Baltimore, MD
Coppin State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,348enrollment
  • $9,303net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 820-970SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 2.62Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Western Kentucky University
W
Bowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 17,517enrollment
  • $12,705net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Memphis
M
Memphis, TN
University of Memphis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 22,205enrollment
  • $13,777net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

West Liberty University
W
West Liberty, WV
 
West Liberty University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 2,481enrollment
  • $13,812net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 900-1120SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
F
HBCU
Tallahassee, FL
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 9,184enrollment
  • $12,903net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1150SAT range
  • 20-24ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
W
Montgomery, WV
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 1,645enrollment
  • $10,151net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 900-1130SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Northern Kentucky University
N
Highland Heights, KY
Northern Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 16,211enrollment
  • $9,664net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 960-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of Louisiana Monroe
L
Monroe, LA
 
University of Louisiana Monroe

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Louisiana

  • 8,888enrollment
  • $10,134net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 950-1170SAT range
  • 20-24ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
S
Magnolia, AR
 
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 4,432enrollment
  • $13,561net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

University of South Carolina Upstate
S
Spartanburg, SC
 
University of South Carolina Upstate

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 6,038enrollment
  • $15,074net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 900-1090SAT range
  • 17-21ACT range
  • 3.16Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of Southern Mississippi
S
Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Mississippi

  • 14,606enrollment
  • $14,794net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
M
HBCU
Princess Anne, MD
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,646enrollment
  • $15,633net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 840-1010SAT range
  • 16-19ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of South Carolina Aiken
S
Aiken, SC
 
University of South Carolina Aiken

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 3,944enrollment
  • $12,689net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 4.0Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Georgia Southern University
G
Statesboro, GA
Georgia Southern University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 26,949enrollment
  • $15,463net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 993-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.47Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Eastern Kentucky University
E
Richmond, KY
Eastern Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 14,465enrollment
  • $14,151net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 950-1170SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15