where unmatched spirit meets academic excellence
Hugely celebrated athletics, extensive academic opportunities, and vast alumni networks characterize the best, and most of America's Public Research Universities. Whether you're looking for heated tailgates at Clemson University or the renowned programs at the University of Michigan–and whether you're "in-state" or not–there's a large public university for you.
Top 10 Public universities (2017)
Why go public?
1. University of California - Berkeley
2. (tie) University of Virginia
2. (tie) University of California - Los Angeles
4. University of Michigan
5. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
6. College of William & Mary
7. George Institute of Technology (GA Tech)
8. University of California - Santa Barbara
9. University of California - Irvine
10. University of California - Davis
Courtesy of U.S News and World Report
For in-state students (students who are citizens of the state which the university is affiliated with), transferring from a community college to a state's university is a common and highly reliable path. For out-of-state students, while the task may be much more difficult, the prestige and academic rigor of these schools draws students from near and far.