The Best Public Universities & Colleges in the USA

Ranking Institution name Tuition Students
1
Phoenix, Arizona
$10.188 208 742
2
Montgomery, Alabama
$0 102 241
3
Clinton, Iowa
$10.312 69 336
4
Tempe, Arizona
$23.654 49 945
5
Columbus, Ohio
$25.757 38 884
6
University Park, Pennsylvania
$29.566 37 917
7
Indianapolis, Indiana
$7.632 37 662
8
Austin, Texas
$33.842 37 083
9
Orlando, Florida
$22.416 36 775
10
College Station, Texas
$25.126 36 219
11
East Lansing, Michigan
$33.750 34 196
12
Salt Lake City, Utah
$6.070 31 353
13
Champaign, Illinois
$29.132 31 118
14
Bloomington, Indiana
$32.350 30 949
15
Gainesville, Florida
$28.541 30 241
16
New Brunswick, New Jersey
$23.676 30 038
17
West Lafayette, Indiana
$28.794 29 360
18
Minneapolis, Minnesota
$19.805 29 125
19
Tallahassee, Florida
$21.673 28 733
20
Provo, Utah
$4.850 28 338
21
Tucson, Arizona
$27.383 28 210
22
Madison, Wisconsin
$26.653 28 167
23
Los Angeles, California
$35.575 27 365
24
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$40.392 27 046
25
Seattle, Washington
$31.971 26 228
26
Miami, Florida
$11.955 26 211
27
Fullerton, California
$17.346 26 079
28
Long Beach, California
$17.400 25 932
29
Northridge, California
$10.984 25 641
30
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$23.950 25 430
31
Columbia, Missouri
$23.764 25 178
32
Davis, California
$36.773 25 056
33
Berkeley, California
$35.742 25 018
34
Lynchburg, Virginia
$19.486 24 777
35
Athens, Georgia
$28.472 24 496
36
College Park, Maryland
$28.348 24 486
37
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$24.122 24 382
38
San Marcos, Texas
$17.264 24 223
39
Ames, Iowa
$20.278 24 209
40
Miami, Florida
$18.895 24 022
41
Denton, Texas
$17.241 23 870
42
Tampa, Florida
$17.324 23 773
43
Boulder, Colorado
$32.115 23 662
44
Lubbock, Texas
$19.772 23 588
45
Houston, Texas
$16.897 23 580
46
Blacksburg, Virginia
$27.211 23 366
47
San Diego, California
$17.926 23 036
48
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$25.790 22 681
49
San Francisco, California
$17.610 22 510
50
La Jolla, California
$36.149 21 983

Public colleges and universities are usually founded and controlled by relevant state authorities.

As a rule, out-of-state students have to pay higher tuition fees than those living within the state, because it is believed that parents of state students have already contributed to their colleges by paying state taxes. Currently, the state support of public colleges is declining, and therefore, certain professional programs in medicine, business and law depend on private funding only.

There is at least one public university in each US state, and some of the largest states can have more than 30 public institutions of higher education.


Data provided by U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences nces.ed.gov