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March 22, 2020

College Consensus Ranks Public Universities in the USA.

College Consensus

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C., — College Consensus has published its ranking of the Best Public Colleges and Universities in the USA. College Consensus is a college rating website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews.

To identify the Best Public Colleges and Universities in 2019, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce an individual consensus score for each school. According to Consensus editors, “College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools.”

“The College Consensus methodology pulls together rankings from U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and Wallethub, averaging all of a given school’s numbers to get the Publisher Rating. Then we average student reviews from sites like Cappex, Niche, Student Review, and more, to get the full picture of how students see their colleges, which we call the Student Review Rating. Put them together, and we have the College Consensus,” the Consensus editors explained.

To help prospective college students and their families evaluate the educational options open to them, College Consensus has identified the best public colleges and universities.

• Top 30 Public Universities in the USA (According to College Consensus)

  1. University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
  2. The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  3. University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
  4. University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  5. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
  6. University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA
  7. University of Texas - Austin, TX
  8. University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
  9. University of California, Davis - Davis, CA
  10. University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
  11. Purdue University, Main Campus - West Lafayette, IN
  12. Georgia Institute of Technology, Main Campus - Atlanta, GA
  13. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  14. University of California, Irvine — Irvine, CA
  15. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA
  16. College of William and Mary — Williamsburg, VA
  17. James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA
  18. Ohio State University, Main Campus - Columbus, OH
  19. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis - Obispo, CA
  20. University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  21. The College of New Jersey - Ewing, NJ
  22. Citadel Military College of South Carolina - Charleston, SC
  23. University of Georgia - Athens, GA
  24. Texas A & M University-College Station - College Station, TX
  25. Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
  26. Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA
  27. University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA
  28. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
  29. Appalachian State University - Boone, NC
  30. Clemson University - Clemson, SC

“Public schools often get ignored in rankings, despite their critical mission,” Consensus editors explained, “While the Ivy League and the wealthy, elite private research universities may get the most press attention and dominating rankings, public colleges and universities are a vital part of higher education in America.”

• Public schools generally provide a more affordable and accessible option for students than private colleges, helping to democratize higher education and build a more broadly educated citizenship.

“College Consensus gets the broadest ranking of the best public schools in the U.S. by bringing together a full selection of data from publishers and student reviews. National publishers use surveys, investigation, and statistics to rank colleges, while students writing their reviews use their own experience,” the Consensus editors elaborated. “College Consensus is a new approach to college rankings. We combine the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores.”

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