2018 America’s Top Public Universities

Looking for a best-in-class education but don’t want to pay the private education fees? No problem.

America is home to a diverse array of high-quality public universities, each providing unique opportunities for enrolling students.

Here are four of the best public schools to apply to next year.

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

CUNY (City University of New York) is the largest urban public university in the US. It’s ranked at the top school by MONEY for 2017-2018.

The most popular majors on this campus tend to lie within the realm of business. Finance, Accounting, Business/Corporate Communications, and Administration and Management are all popular and taught with a student-faculty ratio of 17:1.

The college is located in New York City, and it’s one of the senior colleges in the system. That said, it’s still affordable for New York residents and out-of-state tuition still falls below $20,000 per year. However, because it is in New York City, living costs tend to be high.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in America for undergraduate and post-graduate research and its reign will continue in 2018.

It’s on the expensive side of public colleges – in-state tuition is just south of $15,000 per year and non-resident tuition skyrockets to $47,000.

However, the student-faculty ratio of 15:1 is second to none and is very helpful in some of the school’s most popular majors including Experimental Psychology, Economics, and Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology.

University of Virginia – Charlottesville

The University of Virginia’s main campus in Charlottesville is known for its liberal arts college atmosphere with a wide range of majors including Economics, International Relations and Affairs, Psychology, and Biology.

Situated in a college town, the main campus is close to major metropolitan centers like Washington D.C. but still enjoys a small town feel. It’s so small, in fact, that the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.

In-state tuition is projected to be just above $16,000 in 2018 while out-of-state tuition is nearly $47,000 per year.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Main Campus

The Georgia Institute of Technology is a campus filled with dedicated faculty researchers who are happy to let undergraduate students in on the action.

Students enjoy a 20:1 student-faculty ration across popular majors like Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

In-state tuition is projected to be around $12,500 per year. Out-of-state is cheaper compared to other public schools at only $33,000 per year.

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