2022 Top Public Colleges and Universities

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    #1

    United States Merchant Marine Academy

    Kings Point, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    1,025

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $1050

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $1050

    From its campus in Kings Point, New York, United States Merchant Marine Academy enrolls students in programs as a public institution. Students leave the school with credentials that prepare them for the workplace. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. United States Merchant Marine Academy holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #2

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Graduation Rate

    91%

    Enrollment

    29,877

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8980

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $36159

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, often ranks as one of the best schools. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    University of California-Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA

    Graduation Rate

    92%

    Enrollment

    44,371

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13240

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42994

    From its campus in California, University of California-Los Angeles enrolls students in 333 programs. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. Information on the average student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 92%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #4

    University of California-Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA

    Graduation Rate

    93%

    Enrollment

    43,185

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14253

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44007

    University of California-Berkeley, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Berkeley, California. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. University of California-Berkeley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Graduation Rate

    93%

    Enrollment

    48,090

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15558

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $51200

    From its Ann Arbor, Michigan campus, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor enrolls students in 433 programs. Learners benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 93%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #6

    University of Florida

    Gainesville, FL

    Graduation Rate

    88%

    Enrollment

    52,407

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6381

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28659

    Located in Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports a graduation rate of 88%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. University of Florida has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #7

    Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

    Atlanta, GA

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    36,302

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12682

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33794

    Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus educates students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    University of Virginia-Main Campus

    Charlottesville, VA

    Graduation Rate

    95%

    Enrollment

    25,012

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17798

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $50900

    University of Virginia-Main Campus, which operates a campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, often ranks as a top school. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can help applicants complete the process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #9

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Austin, TX

    Graduation Rate

    86%

    Enrollment

    51,090

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10824

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38326

    A public institution, The University of Texas at Austin enrolls students from its campus in Austin, Texas. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The public school reports a graduation rate of 86%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. The University of Texas at Austin has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #10

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    8,726

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6110

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16490

    Fashion Institute of Technology, which operates a campus in New York, New York, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Fashion Institute of Technology has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    Winston Salem, NC

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    1,086

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9358

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $25901

    A public institution, University of North Carolina School of the Arts educates students on its campus in Winston Salem, North Carolina. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #12

    University of California-Irvine

    Irvine, CA

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    36,908

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13727

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $43481

    University of California-Irvine, which offers programs from its Irvine, California campus, often ranks among the top schools. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. University of California-Irvine has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #13

    Florida State University

    Tallahassee, FL

    Graduation Rate

    83%

    Enrollment

    42,450

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5656

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18786

    From its campus in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University offers programs as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #14

    University of Georgia

    Athens, GA

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    38,920

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12080

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $31120

    From its campus in Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia educates college students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. University of Georgia has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    18,679

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7462

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15412

    Located in New York, CUNY Bernard M Baruch College offers 89 academic programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 70%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #16

    William & Mary

    Williamsburg, VA

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    8,773

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $23628

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $46854

    From its campus in Williamsburg, Virginia, William & Mary educates students as a public institution. Students leave the school with credentials that prepare them for the workplace. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. William & Mary has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    University of California-San Diego

    La Jolla, CA

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    38,736

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14415

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44169

    Located in California, University of California-San Diego enrolls students in 228 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 87%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #18

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

    Seattle, WA

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    47,576

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11465

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38166

    A public institution located in Seattle, Washington, University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers multiple programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. If empty, omit or use negative variant. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. University of Washington-Seattle Campus has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an independent accrediting body.

    #19

    Lake Career and Technical Center

    Camdenton, MO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    9

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4850

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4850

    A public institution, Lake Career and Technical Center educates students on its campus in Camdenton, Missouri. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Lake Career and Technical Center holds accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

    #20

    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    21,426

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9943

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23833

    From its San Luis Obispo, California campus, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 123 program options for students. The institution's rigorous programs rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-instructor ratio is unknown. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 82%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #21

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee

    Sarasota, FL

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    2,207

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5587

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16501

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee offers programs from its campus in Sarasota, Florida. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #22

    United Technical Center

    Clarksburg, WV

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    29

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3900

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $3900

    A public institution located in Clarksburg, West Virginia, United Technical Center offers multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. United Technical Center has been accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    North Carolina State University at Raleigh

    Raleigh, NC

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    36,304

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9101

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29220

    From its campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers academic programs as a public institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. North Carolina State University at Raleigh has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #24

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison, WI

    Graduation Rate

    88%

    Enrollment

    44,257

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10725

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $37785

    University of Wisconsin-Madison offers programs from its campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help learners meet a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. University of Wisconsin-Madison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #25

    University of California-Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Graduation Rate

    83%

    Enrollment

    26,314

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14391

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44145

    University of California-Santa Barbara ranks as a top school from its campus in Santa Barbara, California. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. Learners also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. University of California-Santa Barbara has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #26

    University of Maryland-College Park

    College Park, MD

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    40,743

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10779

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $36891

    University of Maryland-College Park, a public organization located in College Park, Maryland, offers multiple programs. Students can earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for the workforce. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of Maryland-College Park has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #27

    University of California-Davis

    Davis, CA

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    38,634

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14495

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44249

    A public institution located in Davis, California, University of California-Davis offers multiple programs. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of California-Davis holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #28

    University of Central Florida

    Orlando, FL

    Graduation Rate

    72%

    Enrollment

    69,402

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6368

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22467

    From its campus in Orlando, Florida, University of Central Florida educates students as a public institution. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of Central Florida holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    #29

    University of Florida-Online

    Gainesville, FL

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    3,926

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $3876

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16580

    University of Florida-Online, located in Gainesville, Florida, welcomes students with 22 program options. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. Information on the average student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. We do not know the graduation rate at this time. The institution's commitment to experiential learning makes graduates more competitive. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #30

    University of South Florida-Main Campus

    Tampa, FL

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    44,246

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6410

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17324

    From its campus in Tampa, Florida, University of South Florida-Main Campus enrolls learners in 238 programs. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is unknown. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The school reports a graduation rate of 75%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.