These Are the 10 Best Public Universities in the US

3. University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)

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Founded in 1848, The University of Wisconsin in Madison is one of the best public research universities in the country.

We’re not the only ones who think so – Madison is currently ranked in the top 15 universities nationwide by both US News and Niche.com.

Scientific advances, economic and diplomacy studies, modern nutrition science and conservatism are all highlights of its illustrious history.  Several faculty members at the school are among the top names in their respective fields.

Voted as the best college town in America by The Thrillist in 2014, Madison ranks high in many media outlets as a great place to live.

Accepting only about 1/2 of all students, admission to this particular university is quite selective.


2. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)

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South of Chicagoland in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the flagship of the state university system and had a whopping 51,196 students in 2019.

The campus is huge: 6,370 acres across an urban landscape with 651 buildings! With 16 colleges and various schools, along with an enormous student population between two cities and just 135 miles south of Chicago, UIUC needs a lot of space.

Among the university’s many achievements and a robust liberal arts program, its economic, entrepreneurship, computer and applied sciences are all thriving areas of study and innovation.

UIUC even has its own Research Park which hosts numerous Fortune 500 companies for students to have easy internship access and other facilities to foster new ideas and startup companies.


1. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (UMich or Michigan) is ranked regularly as the top public research university in America.

It was originally established in Detroit 20 years before Michigan’s statehood, but it was moved to Ann Arbor in 1837.

This isn’t just your everyday state university: this school has produced 25 Nobel Prize winners and enjoyed about every academic and research accolade there is.

For those with above-average smarts that also love sports, Michigan’s Wolverines are in Division 1 of the NCAA and are established members of the Big Ten Conference.

Obviously, these sports fans also know how to crack a book or two, as Michigan is one of the top producers of doctoral degrees in the country in everything from British Literature to business, medicine, law, pharmacy and, of course, all things STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Enrollment consistently rises above 40,000 students at this intellectual mecca and Ann Arbor ranks highly as a great college town and an overall incredible city to live in … just don’t forget your warm jacket!

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