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Next table compares the basic academic information between Top 100 Public Colleges. By school type, all 100 Top 100 Public Colleges are public. By school level, all 100 schools are 4 years or high institutes.

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Academic Comparison - Top 100 Public Colleges
RankNameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
1 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
2 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
3 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
4 University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
6 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
7 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Atlanta, GA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
8 United States Military Academy West Point, NY Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
9 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
10 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
11 United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
12 University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
13 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
14 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
15 University of California-Davis Davis, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
16 University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
18 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
19 University of Georgia Athens, GA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
20 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
21 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Associate, Bachelor
22 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
23 Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
24 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
25 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
26 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
27 University of Delaware Newark, DE Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
28 University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
29 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
30 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
31 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
32 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
33 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
34 Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
35 Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
36 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
37 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
38 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville, TN Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
39 Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
40 University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
41 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
42 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
43 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
44 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
45 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
47 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
48 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
49 San Diego State University San Diego, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
50 Florida International University Miami, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
51 University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
52 University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, MA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
53 Clemson University Clemson, SC Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
54 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
55 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Durham, NH Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
56 University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
57 Texas State University San Marcos, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
58 University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
59 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Norman, OK Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
60 University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
61 University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell, WA Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
62 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
63 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
64 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
65 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
66 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
67 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
68 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
69 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
70 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
71 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
72 University of Vermont Burlington, VT Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
73 California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
74 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
75 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
76 University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
77 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College Erie, PA Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
78 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
79 Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
80 University of Houston Houston, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
81 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
82 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
83 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
84 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
85 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
86 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
87 Miami University-Oxford Oxford, OH Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
88 Binghamton University Vestal, NY Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
89 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
90 Washington State University Pullman, WA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
91 Iowa State University Ames, IA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
92 University of South Florida-St Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master
93 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
94 Auburn University Auburn, AL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
95 Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
96 University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City, MO Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
97 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
98 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
99 Arizona State University-West Glendale, AZ Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
100 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
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Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Public Colleges is $11,885 for in-state students and $30,617 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 55.55% and graduation rate is 72.47%. Next table compares key facts for each schools including acceptance rate, graduation rate, tuition, student to faculty ratio, and student population.

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Key Facts Comparison Between Top 100 Public Colleges
RankNameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
1 University of California-Los Angeles$13,240 / $42,99414%91%18:144,537
2 University of California-Berkeley$14,253 / $44,00715%91%20:142,501
3 United States Naval Academy-$1 / -9%91%8:14,512
4 University of Virginia-Main Campus$17,798 / $50,90026%94%15:124,639
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$8,980 / $36,15923%89%13:130,011
6 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$15,558 / $51,20023%92%11:146,716
7 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus$12,682 / $33,79422%87%18:132,723
8 United States Military Academy$0 / -11%85%7:14,589
9 University of California-San Diego$14,415 / $44,16930%86%19:137,887
10 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology$8,156 / $23,52423%56%8:11,895
11 United States Air Force Academy$0 / -11%83%8:14,336
12 University of California-Santa Barbara$14,391 / $44,14532%82%22:125,976
13 University of California-Irvine$13,727 / $43,48129%83%18:136,032
14 University of Florida$6,381 / $28,65939%90%18:152,218
15 University of California-Davis$14,495 / $44,24941%86%20:138,167
16 University of Maryland-College Park$10,779 / $36,89147%86%18:141,200
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,725 / $37,78552%87%17:143,463
18 University of Washington-Seattle Campus$11,465 / $38,16649%84%19:147,400
19 University of Georgia$12,080 / $31,12049%86%17:138,652
20 College of William and Mary$23,628 / $46,85437%91%11:18,817
21 University of New Hampshire at Manchester$15,685 / $32,19568%41%10:1750
22 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,122 / $32,26462%84%20:149,702
23 Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992 / $28,79458%81%13:144,474
24 Florida State University$5,656 / $18,78637%83%21:141,005
25 The University of Texas at Austin$10,824 / $38,32639%83%18:151,832
26 Ohio State University-Main Campus$11,084 / $32,06152%84%19:161,170
27 University of Delaware$14,280 / $35,71066%81%15:124,120
28 University of California-Santa Cruz$13,991 / $43,74547%74%19:119,700
29 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University$13,691 / $32,83565%84%14:134,683
30 North Carolina State University at Raleigh$9,101 / $29,22047%81%14:135,479
31 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,450 / $35,51456%85%14:146,810
32 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,943 / $23,83330%82%21:122,013
33 University of Connecticut$17,226 / $39,89449%85%16:127,412
34 Texas A & M University-College Station$12,153 / $38,60268%82%20:168,679
35 Arizona State University-Tempe$11,338 / $29,42885%69%19:151,585
36 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,718 / $33,74659%83%14:128,673
37 The University of Texas at Dallas$13,442 / $38,16869%72%25:128,755
38 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville$13,264 / $31,66478%73%17:128,894
39 Rutgers University-New Brunswick$15,407 / $32,18960%80%16:150,254
40 University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee$5,587 / $16,50132%-12:12,069
41 University of Central Florida$6,368 / $22,46743%73%30:168,475
42 Colorado School of Mines$19,062 / $39,76249%80%15:16,325
43 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College$7,462 / $15,41239%69%18:118,029
44 University of Massachusetts-Lowell$15,648 / $33,57472%63%17:118,242
45 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$15,027 / $33,32552%80%17:150,734
46 Missouri University of Science and Technology$9,839 / $27,70184%63%18:18,601
47 Michigan State University$14,460 / $39,76678%80%16:150,351
48 University of Hawaii at Manoa$12,186 / $34,21884%59%12:117,710
49 San Diego State University$7,510 / $19,39035%74%27:135,303
50 Florida International University$6,565 / $18,96359%58%26:157,942
51 University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410 / $17,32443%73%22:143,846
52 University of Massachusetts-Amherst$16,389 / $35,71060%80%17:130,593
53 Clemson University$15,558 / $38,55047%83%16:124,951
54 University of Nebraska-Lincoln$9,522 / $25,82880%69%18:125,820
55 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus$18,879 / $35,40977%77%19:115,298
56 University of Nevada-Reno$8,034 / $23,08688%58%19:121,463
57 Texas State University$10,581 / $22,39746%55%22:138,644
58 University of California-Riverside$13,853 / $43,60751%75%23:123,922
59 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus$11,763 / $27,14478%67%18:128,564
60 University of South Carolina-Columbia$12,688 / $33,92863%77%17:134,795
61 University of Washington-Bothell Campus$11,390 / $38,09179%62%20:15,970
62 California State University-Long Beach$6,834 / $18,71431%69%23:137,466
63 University of Louisiana at Lafayette$10,382 / $24,11056%48%19:117,123
64 Stony Brook University$10,175 / $27,84542%74%18:126,256
65 Virginia Military Institute$19,118 / $45,96251%78%10:11,685
66 The College of New Jersey$16,923 / $28,90150%86%13:17,686
67 University of Nevada-Las Vegas$8,291 / $23,34282%43%20:130,457
68 University of Arkansas$9,384 / $25,87277%66%18:127,778
69 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College$11,962 / $28,63974%67%20:130,983
70 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus$11,639 / $38,34086%58%16:15,354
71 University of Utah$8,615 / $27,22067%70%17:133,023
72 University of Vermont$18,802 / $43,69068%76%16:113,395
73 California State University-Bakersfield$7,419 / $19,29923%42%24:110,816
74 University at Buffalo$10,524 / $28,19456%76%13:131,503
75 University of Kentucky$12,360 / $30,68094%66%16:129,182
76 University of Missouri-Columbia$10,477 / $28,34878%69%17:129,843
77 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College$15,206 / $24,91689%66%13:14,312
78 CUNY Hunter College$7,382 / $15,33236%56%13:123,202
79 Rutgers University-Newark$14,826 / $31,60863%64%16:113,451
80 University of Houston$9,221 / $21,74962%59%22:146,324
81 University of Arizona$12,711 / $12,69184%64%15:144,097
82 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University$5,785 / $17,72539%51%16:110,021
83 James Madison University$12,206 / $29,10671%84%16:121,751
84 Western Washington University$8,343 / $24,69088%68%18:116,121
85 University of North Dakota$9,736 / $15,89582%55%18:113,847
86 Texas Tech University$9,300 / $19,26071%60%20:138,209
87 Miami University-Oxford$15,911 / $35,93775%80%13:119,934
88 Binghamton University$10,201 / $27,79140%81%19:117,768
89 Ramapo College of New Jersey$14,678 / $24,22963%74%16:16,174
90 Washington State University$11,841 / $26,41977%59%15:131,478
91 Iowa State University$9,320 / $24,50891%75%19:134,992
92 University of South Florida-St Petersburg$5,821 / $16,73639%34%18:14,727
93 Mississippi State University$8,910 / $23,95057%58%17:121,974
94 Auburn University$11,492 / $31,12475%78%19:130,440
95 Indiana University-Bloomington$10,947 / $36,51277%78%16:143,503
96 University of Missouri-Kansas City$9,915 / $24,60356%49%15:116,375
97 University of Alaska Fairbanks$7,080 / $21,21676%32%11:17,404
98 The University of West Florida$6,360 / $19,24142%43%21:112,847
99 Arizona State University-West$10,268 / $26,54882%70%12:14,445
100 University of Rhode Island$14,566 / $31,68669%67%16:117,777
Average$11,885 / $30,61755.55%72.47%17.03:127,836
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