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What’s The Best Public University In Your State?


If you are in the middle of your college search, you’ll want to see this list of the top public universities in America.

In Alabama the top university is the University of Alabama. Sports really drive the school, which ranks second on Niche.com best college athletics in America list.

Arizona: Arizona State University. University Drive in Tempe brings you right into ASU’s campus, which scores a solid A grade from Niche.com.

Arkansas: University of Arkansas. One of the most popular majors is parks, recreation and leisure studies.

California: UCLA Niche.com ranks it first in the nation for best college food.

Colorado: Colorado School of Mines. Engineering is one of the main studies here.

Connecticut: University of Connecticut. If you like southern New England charm this is the spot.

Florida: University of Florida. Ranks as first in the nation on Niche’s best college athletics list.

Georgia: Georgia Institute of Technology. It has one of the lowest acceptance rates among public universities (33%).

Illinois: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Niche.com reports it’s the eighth best college for education in America.

Indiana: Purdue University. Purdue has an incredibly favorable 12:1 student-faculty ratio. Kansas: University of Kansas. With a 91% acceptance rate, you’re bound to get in.

Kentucky: University of Kentucky. Niche.com places the University of Kentucky fairly high for best college athletics (#16) in Greek life (# 11).

Louisiana: Louisiana State University. LSU in Baton Rouge comes in at third in the nation for best college athletics.

Main: University of Maine. Student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and students have a very positive perspective of their professors.

Maryland: University of Maryland, College Park. Niche.com gives the school an A grade with athletics, student life and the party scene.

Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With so many area farms, it’s not surprising that Amherst places seventh in the nation for best college food.

Michigan: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is frequently at the top of “best places to live” lists in America and the University of Michigan is at the center of it all.

Minnesota: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The top descriptors reported by its students? Awesome, vast and innovative.

Mississippi: Mississippi State University. Niche has placed the school in the top 10% of best college athletics in America.

Missouri: Missouri University of Science and Technology. Net price is $14,377, almost a grand below the national average.

Montana: Montana Tech of the University of Montana. At $11,037 net price per year, Montana Tech is one of the most affordable public universities in America.

Nebraska: University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Good place to spend four years studying psychology or finance.

Nevada: University of Nevada, Reno. Solid choice if you’re into psychology or biology.

New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire. Endless skiing trails within 20 to 60-minute drive.

New Jersey: Rutgers University. The 16:1 student to faculty ratio is favorable, where psychology, communications and biology majors are known to thrive.

New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Selective school admitting only 36% of applicants at a very attractive net price of $11,789 per year.

New York: University at Buffalo, SUNY. 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the lowest, if not the lowest in the country.

North Carolina: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Fourth best college for nursing in America, the eighth best for student athletes.

North Dakota: North Dakota State University. Among the most popular majors are pharmacy and pharmaceutical studies.

Ohio: Ohio State University. The student body identifies as spirited, diverse and awesome.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University. With a 75% acceptance rate, you have an above average chance of getting in.

Oregon: University of Oregon. Niche.com experts give its professoriate a superlative A+.

Pennsylvania: Penn State. University Park, about 130 miles east of Pittsburgh is a quintessential college town.

South Dakota: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Popular majors include mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.

Tennessee: university of Tennessee. Popular majors there include psychology, logistics and supply chain management and biology.

Texas: University of Texas, Austin. Its 40% acceptance rate makes it a reasonably competitive school.

Utah: University of Utah. Although safety on campus is a woeful C+ grade, it’s students identify using positive terms such as diverse, independent and determined.

Vermont: University of Vermont. Niche.com ranked the University of Vermont as the number one most liberal college in America for 2017.

Virginia: University of Virginia. The Cavaliers are a dominant force.

Washington: University of Washington. At a net cost of $10,375, more than $5000 south of the national average, it’s also a hell of a deal.

West Virginia: West Virginia University. Morgantown consistently makes regional lists of “best-hidden secrets” or “best small town escapes”.

Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin. Niche.com named it the 5th best college in America for student life.