1. Education

Best Public Universities

A List of 22 Excellent State-Funded Schools in the U.S.

By

Top Picks: Public Universities | Universities | Liberal Arts Colleges | Engineering | Business | Women's | Most Selective | More Top Picks

My list of the top 10 public universities doesn't do justice to the field of excellent state-funded schools. This list presents 22 more great public universities that feature state-of-the-art facilities, world-renowned faculty, and powerful name recognition. I've listed the schools alphabetically rather than try to make superficial distinctions between excellent yet extremely different schools.

Also check out the lists of Military Academies and Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Compare these public universities: SAT Scores | ACT Scores

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Binghamton University
unforth / Flickr

Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, typically ranks among the very top public universities in the northeast. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Binghamton University was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. 84% of students come from the top 25% of their high school class.

Clemson

Clemson University
Blue Sun Photography / Flickr
Clemson University is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Lake Hartwell. The university's academic units are divided into five separate colleges with the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the College of Engineering and Science having the highest enrollments. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Clemson was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Connecticut (UConn, The University of Connecticut at Storrs)

University of Connecticut
Matthias Rosenkranz / Flickr
The University of Connecticut at Storrs (UConn) is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. It is a Land and Sea Grant University made up of 10 different schools and colleges. UConn's faculty is heavily involved in research, but the university was also awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in undergraduate education in the arts and sciences.

Delaware (The University of Delaware at Newark)

University of Delaware
mathplourde / Flickr

The University of Delaware is the largest university in the state of Delaware. The university is made up of seven different colleges of which the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest. UD's College of Engineering and its College of Business and Economics often place well on national rankings. The University of Delaware's strengths in liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Florida (The University of Florida)

University of Florida
randomduck / Flickr
Florida offers a huge range of undergraduate and graduate programs, but they have most made a name for themselves in pre-professional areas such as business, engineering and the health sciences. General strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Florida a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Research strengths earned the school membership in the Association of American Universities.

Georgia (The University of Georgia)

University of Georgia
hyku / Flickr
Founded in 1785, UGA has the distinction of being the oldest state-chartered university in the U.S. Georgia's attractive 615-acre campus features everything from historic buildings to contemporary high rises. For the high-achieving student who wants the feel of a liberal arts college education, UGA has a well-respected Honors Program of about 2,500 students. The university can also boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Indiana University

Indiana University Tower
prw_silvan / Flickr
Indiana University in Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana's state university system. The school has received numerous accolades for its academic programs, its computing infrastructure, and the beauty of its campus. The school has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its research strengths earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. The 2,000-acre campus is defined by its buildings constructed from local limestone and its wide array of flowering plants and trees.

James Madison University

James Madison University
taberandrew / Flickr

James Madison University, JMU, offers 68 undergraduate degree programs with areas in business being the most popular. JMU has a high retention and graduation rate compared to similar public universities, and the school frequently does well on national rankings for both its value and its academic quality. The attractive campus features an open quad, a lake, and the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

Maryland (The University of Maryland)

University of Maryland Patterson Hall
forklift / Flickr
Located just north of Washington, D.C., the University of Maryland is an easy Metro ride into the city and the school has many research partnerships with the federal government. UMD has a strong Greek system, and about 10% of undergrads belong to fraternities or sororities. Maryland's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its strong research programs earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

Minnesota (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

University of Minnesota Pillsbury Hall
Mulad / Flickr
The campus occupies both the east and west banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and the agricultural programs are located on the quieter St. Paul campus. U of M has many strong academic programs, especially in economics, the sciences, and engineering. It's liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. For outstanding research, the university gained membership in the Association of American Universities.
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. College Admissions
  4. College Rankings
  5. Best Public Universities - Find the Best Public Universities and Colleges in this List of Great Schools

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.