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February 8, 2021 Announces the Top Public Colleges & Universities in the U.S. for 2021

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 8, 2021 — What type of school do three out of four prospective undergraduate students ultimately choose? The answer is the public college or university—a perennially popular pick.

To address the needs of the more than three million incoming college students each fall, releases its ranking of the leading American public higher education institutions: 50 Best Public Colleges and Universities of 2021.

“Public universities and colleges remain popular because of their high value, balancing academic scholarship with reasonable costs,” said Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

This value can be considerable. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room, and board for full-time, in-state students) at four-year public universities is slightly over $20,000. In contrast, the price to attend a private university averages nearly $43,000 per year.

” However, lower costs and greater accessibility do not mean all public institutions are interchangeable,” adds Macosko. “The schools featured in our ranking stand out, most notably for the global influence of their faculty and alumni and for their excellence in general academics.”

Criteria for the schools in this ranking include:

  1. Full accreditation.
  2. Direct funding from the state.
  3. A minimum student body of 1,000 students.

• The Best Public Colleges and Universities of 2021 — Top 50

  1. University of California, Berkeley
  2. University of Michigan
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of California, Los Angeles
  5. United States Military Academy
  6. United States Naval Academy
  7. University of California, San Diego
  8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  9. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  10. William & Mary
  11. University of Washington
  12. City College of New York (City University of New York)
  13. Brooklyn College (City University of New York)
  14. The University of Texas at Austin
  15. University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. University of Iowa
  17. University of Pittsburgh
  18. University of California, Santa Cruz
  19. University of Minnesota
  20. University of Maryland
  21. Stony Brook University
  22. University of Utah
  23. Purchase College, State University of New York
  24. Purdue University
  25. Georgia Institute of Technology
  26. The United States Air Force Academy
  27. University of California, Davis
  28. University of Arizona
  29. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  30. University of Oregon
  31. Virginia Military Institute
  32. Evergreen State College
  33. University of Buffalo
  34. George Mason University
  35. University of California, Irvine
  36. Hunter College (City University of New York)
  37. University of Colorado Denver
  38. University of Massachusetts Boston
  39. University of Florida
  40. University of Missouri
  41. University of New Mexico
  42. University of Montana
  43. Michigan State University
  44. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  45. University of California, Riverside
  46. Wayne State University
  47. North Carolina State University
  48. Binghamton University
  49. Queens College (City University of New York)
  50. The University of Illinois at Chicago

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a 4-year degree at a public university is often lower than the price at a private college, especially for students attending a public school in their state.

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models — one is a private company with private funding. The state owns the other and receives state and federal funding to operate it. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of private vs. public college, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.


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