A public college is usually run or supervised by the State and thanks to State funding can offer State residents a substantial discount on tuition fees. Out of State students are also welcome at a higher rate. The ranking for these top 10 public colleges was made by US NEWS using academic indicators and peer ratings.
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Incoming students are guaranteed two years of on-campus housing. The campus has a dynamic social life with more than 1,200 student organizations and clubs. The student-faculty ration is 17:1. Among the university’s 14 schools and colleges are the school of optometry, journalism and college environmental design. Their graduate programs include highly ranked business, education, engineering and law schools. The campus is generally known to be liberal and a champion of social causes.
State Tuition - $13,844; Out-of-State Tuition - $25,064
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA is located just a few minutes from the beach. The university guarantees housing for three years. There are over 800 student organizations, student media groups and the university football team plays home games in the Rose Bowl. There is a 17:1 student-faculty ratio. Popular undergraduate and graduate programs include management, education, information studies, engineering and applied science as well as public health and public affairs. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is affiliated with the university and UCLA has a famous school of theatre, film and TV.
State Tuition - $12,702; Out-of-State Tuition - $35,580
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Only first year students are required to live on campus and many more upperclassmen live close in off-campus fraternity houses. 30% of students are involved in Greek life. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1. The school has respected graduate programs in business administration, education, engineering, applied sciences, law and medicine.
State Tuition - $12,998; Out-of-State Tuition - $42,184