Top Rated Southwest Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the Southwest for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the Southwest as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 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.


41 results

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

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 51,832enrollment
  • $15,502net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#21 Best Public Universities in America

  • 68,679enrollment
  • $19,237net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.68*Avg GPA
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

  • 1,895enrollment
  • $14,908net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
O
Norman, OK
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 28,564enrollment
  • $21,804net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of Arizona
A
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Arizona

  • 44,097enrollment
  • $16,580net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA
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

  • 28,755enrollment
  • $10,455net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1460SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Arizona State University
A
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Value in Arizona

  • 51,585enrollment
  • $14,081net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.42Avg 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

  • 24,690enrollment
  • $15,325net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Texas Tech University
T
Lubbock, TX
Texas Tech University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 38,209enrollment
  • $16,463net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.49*Avg GPA
University of Houston
H
Houston, TX
University of Houston

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 46,324enrollment
  • $13,212net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1310SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.54*Avg GPA
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

  • 24,319enrollment
  • $11,368net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 970-1290SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
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

  • 10,206enrollment
  • $7,389net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Texas State University
T
San Marcos, TX
Texas State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 38,644enrollment
  • $13,178net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.38*Avg GPA
University of North Texas
N
Denton, TX
University of North Texas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 38,241enrollment
  • $14,020net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.46*Avg GPA
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

  • 14,289enrollment
  • $9,930net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.19*Avg GPA
The University of Texas at Arlington
T
Arlington, TX
The University of Texas at Arlington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 47,899enrollment
  • $14,445net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.43*Avg GPA
Tarleton State University
T
Stephenville, TX
Tarleton State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 13,109enrollment
  • $14,631net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 950-1140SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.21*Avg GPA
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
S
Weatherford, OK
 
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 5,267enrollment
  • $12,692net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA