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

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Public Colleges is $11,734 for in-state students and $30,285 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 59.02% and graduation rate is 71.03%. 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 University of Virginia-Main Campus$17,798 / $50,90026%94%15:124,639
4 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$8,980 / $36,15923%89%13:130,011
5 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$15,558 / $51,20023%92%11:146,716
6 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus$12,682 / $33,79422%87%18:132,723
7 University of California-San Diego$14,415 / $44,16930%86%19:137,887
8 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology$8,156 / $23,52423%56%8:11,895
9 University of California-Santa Barbara$14,391 / $44,14532%82%22:125,976
10 University of California-Irvine$13,727 / $43,48129%83%18:136,032
11 University of Florida$6,381 / $28,65939%90%18:152,218
12 University of California-Davis$14,495 / $44,24941%86%20:138,167
13 University of Maryland-College Park$10,779 / $36,89147%86%18:141,200
14 University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,725 / $37,78552%87%17:143,463
15 University of Washington-Seattle Campus$11,465 / $38,16649%84%19:147,400
16 University of Georgia$12,080 / $31,12049%86%17:138,652
17 College of William and Mary$23,628 / $46,85437%91%11:18,817
18 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,122 / $32,26462%84%20:149,702
19 Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992 / $28,79458%81%13:144,474
20 Florida State University$5,656 / $18,78637%83%21:141,005
21 The University of Texas at Austin$10,824 / $38,32639%83%18:151,832
22 Ohio State University-Main Campus$11,084 / $32,06152%84%19:161,170
23 University of Delaware$14,280 / $35,71066%81%15:124,120
24 University of California-Santa Cruz$13,991 / $43,74547%74%19:119,700
25 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University$13,691 / $32,83565%84%14:134,683
26 North Carolina State University at Raleigh$9,101 / $29,22047%81%14:135,479
27 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,450 / $35,51456%85%14:146,810
28 University of Connecticut$17,226 / $39,89449%85%16:127,412
29 Texas A & M University-College Station$12,153 / $38,60268%82%20:168,679
30 Arizona State University-Tempe$11,338 / $29,42885%69%19:151,585
31 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,718 / $33,74659%83%14:128,673
32 The University of Texas at Dallas$13,442 / $38,16869%72%25:128,755
33 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville$13,264 / $31,66478%73%17:128,894
34 Rutgers University-New Brunswick$15,407 / $32,18960%80%16:150,254
35 University of Central Florida$6,368 / $22,46743%73%30:168,475
36 Colorado School of Mines$19,062 / $39,76249%80%15:16,325
37 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College$7,462 / $15,41239%69%18:118,029
38 University of Massachusetts-Lowell$15,648 / $33,57472%63%17:118,242
39 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$15,027 / $33,32552%80%17:150,734
40 Missouri University of Science and Technology$9,839 / $27,70184%63%18:18,601
41 Michigan State University$14,460 / $39,76678%80%16:150,351
42 University of Hawaii at Manoa$12,186 / $34,21884%59%12:117,710
43 San Diego State University$7,510 / $19,39035%74%27:135,303
44 Florida International University$6,565 / $18,96359%58%26:157,942
45 University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410 / $17,32443%73%22:143,846
46 University of Massachusetts-Amherst$16,389 / $35,71060%80%17:130,593
47 Clemson University$15,558 / $38,55047%83%16:124,951
48 University of Nebraska-Lincoln$9,522 / $25,82880%69%18:125,820
49 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus$18,879 / $35,40977%77%19:115,298
50 University of Nevada-Reno$8,034 / $23,08688%58%19:121,463
51 Texas State University$10,581 / $22,39746%55%22:138,644
52 University of California-Riverside$13,853 / $43,60751%75%23:123,922
53 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus$11,763 / $27,14478%67%18:128,564
54 University of South Carolina-Columbia$12,688 / $33,92863%77%17:134,795
55 California State University-Long Beach$6,834 / $18,71431%69%23:137,466
56 University of Louisiana at Lafayette$10,382 / $24,11056%48%19:117,123
57 Stony Brook University$10,175 / $27,84542%74%18:126,256
58 University of Nevada-Las Vegas$8,291 / $23,34282%43%20:130,457
59 University of Arkansas$9,384 / $25,87277%66%18:127,778
60 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College$11,962 / $28,63974%67%20:130,983
61 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus$11,639 / $38,34086%58%16:15,354
62 University of Utah$8,615 / $27,22067%70%17:133,023
63 University of Vermont$18,802 / $43,69068%76%16:113,395
64 California State University-Bakersfield$7,419 / $19,29923%42%24:110,816
65 University at Buffalo$10,524 / $28,19456%76%13:131,503
66 University of Kentucky$12,360 / $30,68094%66%16:129,182
67 University of Missouri-Columbia$10,477 / $28,34878%69%17:129,843
68 CUNY Hunter College$7,382 / $15,33236%56%13:123,202
69 Rutgers University-Newark$14,826 / $31,60863%64%16:113,451
70 University of Houston$9,221 / $21,74962%59%22:146,324
71 University of Arizona$12,711 / $12,69184%64%15:144,097
72 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University$5,785 / $17,72539%51%16:110,021
73 James Madison University$12,206 / $29,10671%84%16:121,751
74 University of North Dakota$9,736 / $15,89582%55%18:113,847
75 Texas Tech University$9,300 / $19,26071%60%20:138,209
76 Miami University-Oxford$15,911 / $35,93775%80%13:119,934
77 Binghamton University$10,201 / $27,79140%81%19:117,768
78 Washington State University$11,841 / $26,41977%59%15:131,478
79 Iowa State University$9,320 / $24,50891%75%19:134,992
80 Mississippi State University$8,910 / $23,95057%58%17:121,974
81 Auburn University$11,492 / $31,12475%78%19:130,440
82 Indiana University-Bloomington$10,947 / $36,51277%78%16:143,503
83 University of Missouri-Kansas City$9,915 / $24,60356%49%15:116,375
84 University of Alaska Fairbanks$7,080 / $21,21676%32%11:17,404
85 The University of West Florida$6,360 / $19,24142%43%21:112,847
86 Arizona State University-West$10,268 / $26,54882%70%12:14,445
87 University of Rhode Island$14,566 / $31,68669%67%16:117,777
88 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg$15,206 / $24,91688%63%15:14,933
89 Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix$11,338 / $29,42881%69%14:111,584
90 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth$14,358 / $30,10378%56%16:18,513
91 New Jersey Institute of Technology$17,674 / $33,38664%65%17:111,423
92 South Dakota State University$9,114 / $12,58992%56%17:112,104
93 University of Colorado Boulder$12,500 / $38,31882%71%18:136,681
94 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse$9,127 / $17,94671%71%19:110,597
95 University of California-Merced$13,538 / $43,29266%66%20:18,544
96 Florida Atlantic University$4,879 / $17,32459%52%21:129,772
97 University of New Mexico-Main Campus$7,875 / $23,29270%50%17:124,319
98 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire$8,840 / $17,11578%67%23:111,604
99 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus$9,335 / $25,82364%48%17:125,645
100 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee$9,526 / $21,16874%44%18:127,012
Average$11,734 / $30,28559.02%71.03%17.61:129,214
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