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2024 Top Public Universities in America

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  1. #1 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5559 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I found the university to be fantastic with the various opportunities offered. The class size, although huge with a graduating class of around 6500, offers a lot of people for making friends. But the....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $13,393,

  2. #2 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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    4 Year,

    ANN ARBOR, MI,

    4663 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says The University of Michigan really lives up to its name. There's an opportunity for everyone here, no matter how obscure or unique your interests are. I am a current film student and have had no...Overall, this school truly is great. The campus, town, events, resources, education level -- you name it, and it's great. I have truly felt so lucky to be here the past few years. I encourage....

    Read 4663 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 20%,

    Net Price: $19,205,

    SAT Range: 1340-1520,

  3. #3 Top Public Universities in America.

    Georgia Institute of Technology

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    4 Year,

    ATLANTA, GA,

    2195 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Transfer student. School is very focused on career opportunities which is nice considering Tech grads are paid and recruited at a higher rate than most colleges. Academics rival those of Ivy League....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 16%,

    Net Price: $17,360,

    SAT Range: 1310-1500,

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  6. #7 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    4 Year,

    CHAPEL HILL, NC,

    2648 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Other says As a student attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have had an incredible experience so far. The campus itself is stunning, with historic brick buildings and towering trees...One of the things that sets UNC apart is the sense of community that permeates the campus. From sports games to club meetings, something is always happening on campus, and students are encouraged to...I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to attend such an amazing institution, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a world-class education in a vibrant and supportive community..

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 20%,

    Net Price: $11,508,

    SAT Range: 1140-1380,

  7. #8 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of California - Berkeley

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    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4452 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have loved my time at Berkeley. There is an atmosphere of inclusion and celebration of diversity. I have the most amazing professors who make me love learning! I am majoring in Molecular....

    Read 4452 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $17,652,

    SAT Range: 1310-1530,

  8. #9 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of Georgia

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    4 Year,

    ATHENS, GA,

    5753 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says As a freshman, I was unsure about going to such a large school. However, the University of Georgia can be your "oyster" if you make it so. There are so many activities geared towards different...Class difficulty varies. In my experience, chemistry has been the most difficult gen. ed. course. The work load and content are equally challenging and the labs are incredibly long. However, there...The University of Georgia is an academically challenging school that provides a combination of social engagement and rigorous courses..

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 40%,

    Net Price: $16,902,

    SAT Range: 1270-1450,

  9. #10 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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    4 Year,

    CHAMPAIGN, IL,

    4983 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The campus itself is huge and full of life, and it might take some time to get familiar with everything. But that's part of the adventure, right? The engineering and computer science programs here....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 60%,

    Net Price: $14,272,

    SAT Range: 1320-1510,

  10. #12 Top Public Universities in America.

    Virginia Tech

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    4 Year,

    BLACKSBURG, VA,

    4143 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have enjoyed being at Tech so far.The campus is beautiful and easy to navigate.The dining choices are solid and much better than other Virginia schools that I have been to while visiting friends.In....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 56%,

    Net Price: $20,109,

    SAT Range: 1210-1410,

  11. #13 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of California - Irvine

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    4253 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says It took me some time to adjust to campus life. I was a transfer student and felt out of place while others had been there since their first year had already formed groups and friendships. I found my....

    Read 4253 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 29%,

    Net Price: $11,633,

    SAT Range: 1230-1430,

  12. #15 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of Washington

    4 Year,

    SEATTLE, WA,

    4636 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The only thing I would change about UW is their Financial Aid Office and their Housing Office! Financial Aid makes it very difficult for underrepresented students to receive financial aid or loans,....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 53%,

    Net Price: $8,701,

    SAT Range: 1200-1470,

  13. #17 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of California - San Diego

    4 Year,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    3952 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Generally speaking, UCSD is a splendid school. So I major in History and have spent three years on campus (first year online due to COVID). Classes are fine, though I would say undergraduate history....

    Read 3952 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 34%,

    Net Price: $15,632,

  14. #18 Top Public Universities in America.

    William & Mary

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    4 Year,

    WILLIAMSBURG, VA,

    1612 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says William and Mary was not my top choice university, but after spending three years here, I 100% believe that it should have been! The professors are amazing and the class selection has somehow...Also, recent improvements to the dining halls have made them way more consistent and pretty solid overall (sometimes I would even call them "good!")-- I find the low rating for campus dining (as of....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $18,399,

    SAT Range: 1360-1520,

  15. #19 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of South Florida

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    4 Year,

    TAMPA, FL,

    7516 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Honestly I love USF. I always look forward to going here and getting an education that works toward my desired career. I want to be able to become a physical therapist and USF does a good way of....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $10,004,

    SAT Range: 1160-1320,

  16. #20 Top Public Universities in America.

    The Ohio State University

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    4 Year,

    COLUMBUS, OH,

    5845 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says I really appreciated the professors during my undergraduate experience. They were helpful and willing to work with students to ensure that everyone clearly understands the material being presented. I....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 57%,

    Net Price: $19,474,

    SAT Range: 1250-1440,

  17. #22 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    5476 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says UC Davis, part of the prestigious University of California system, stands out as a renowned institution renowned for its excellence in education, research, and community engagement. Located in Davis,...The university prides itself on fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where students are encouraged to explore their passions and make meaningful contributions to society. Its....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $16,640,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

  18. #25 Top Public Universities in America.

    University of Pittsburgh

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    4 Year,

    PITTSBURGH, PA,

    4334 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My interest in the University of Pittsburgh was sparked by my volunteer experience at UPMC, where I witnessed the impact of medical care on patients and their families. As a high school senior, I....

    Read 4334 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $22,996,

    SAT Range: 1250-1470,

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