Top Rated Southwest Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the Southwest for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the Southwest as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in the Southwest is The University of Texas at Austin. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


40 results

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,476enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#18 Best Public Universities in America

  • 70,418enrollment
  • $19,906net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

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

  • 1,686enrollment
  • $14,834net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1370SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Arizona
A
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Arizona

  • 45,601enrollment
  • $15,620net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1350SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
O
Norman, OK
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 27,772enrollment
  • $21,836net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Texas

  • 28,669enrollment
  • $11,185net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1450SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA

Oklahoma State University Main Campus
O
Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma

  • 24,535enrollment
  • $14,763net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

Arizona State University
A
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Arizona

  • 74,795enrollment
  • $14,653net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Houston
H
Houston, TX
University of Houston

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 47,090enrollment
  • $14,480net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Texas Tech University
T
Lubbock, TX
Texas Tech University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 40,322enrollment
  • $15,452net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of New Mexico Main Campus
N
Albuquerque, NM
University of New Mexico Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in New Mexico

  • 22,311enrollment
  • $12,200net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 17-25ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

The University of Texas at Tyler
T
Tyler, TX
 
The University of Texas at Tyler

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 9,781enrollment
  • $11,658net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1220SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due May 30

Texas State University
T
San Marcos, TX
Texas State University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 37,812enrollment
  • $13,750net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1180SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.38Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

New Mexico State University Main Campus
N
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in New Mexico

  • 14,227enrollment
  • $11,467net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of North Texas
N
Denton, TX
University of North Texas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 40,953enrollment
  • $13,781net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.46Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
T
Odessa, TX
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 5,530enrollment
  • $7,424net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 920-1110SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.16Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

The University of Texas at Arlington
T
Arlington, TX
The University of Texas at Arlington

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 48,072enrollment
  • $15,220net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.43Estimated Avg GPA

West Texas A & M University
W
Canyon, TX
West Texas A & M University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 10,036enrollment
  • $13,105net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 920-1130SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.25Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1