2018 Top Public Universities in AmericaAbout this List

The Top Public Universities ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along for millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares over 500 public colleges and state universities. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. University of Kansas

    • 4 Year
    • Lawrence, KS
    • 2,917
    50 Top Public Universities in America

    College Freshman: Choosing to attend the University of Kansas was a decision that I could not be more pleased that I made. If given the opportunity to choose all over again, I would absolutely still pick KU. The classes, in my experience, have been appropriately challenging while still being fun and enjoyable, and the teachers I've had are so supportive to their students and passionate about what they teach. Any advisers I've met with (undergraduate, major-specific, financial, etc.) were so kind and eager to help, as well as available and quick to respond when I had any questions. Overall, my academic experience here at KU has been top-notch.

    Then, of course, there's the non-academic aspects of college. KU offers so many opportunities to students, whether it be clubs and events, or jobs and internships. By the second month of school, I had already found a job on campus. Along with that, there was always something fun to do--cultural nights, drag shows, talks by guest speakers, grocery bingo in the residence halls. There's never been a dull moment!

    Maybe I was just blessed with an amazing first semester, but I have good feelings about my future here as well. As finals week rolls around and my first semester is coming to an end, I have nothing but good things to say about this school.
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    • A
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • $18,014 Net Price
    •  SAT Range
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