105 Smartest Public Colleges In America: An Awesome Education At A Fraction Of The Cost

Georgia Institute of Technology - Smartest Public University in America

You don’t necessarily have to attend an Ivy league university to receive an amazing education and be surrounded by very smart and motivated young people.

The 105 smartest colleges in American were pulled from stats at CollegeBoard which found that an in-state four-year public school education runs just $9,100 per year on average, that’s far cheaper than the $31,200 per year charged by private schools.

To determine a school’s smarts, Jonathan Wai, a Duke University Talent Identification Program research scientist, analyzed the average standardized test scores that schools report to US News.

He converted ACT scores to SAT scores (math + verbal), so all schools could be compared on one metric. After completing that task he averaged the 25th and 75th percentile.

Some schools did not require some student’s to report their scores and that is indicated by a (2). The (3) marking indicates that the school did not supply U.S. News with scoring. A (4) means the previous years data was used, and a (9) indicates taht the school may not have submitted data from all schools and may have only asked for scores from some applicants.

Here are the smartest public colleges availble in America:

Smarts Rank                         School Average SAT
1 Georgia Institute of Technology 1400
2 University of California— Berkeley 1390
3 University of Michigan— Ann Arbor 1380
4 College of William and Mary 1370
5 University of Virginia 1355
6 Colorado School of Mines 1340
6 United States Air Force Academy 1340
8 University of California— Los Angeles 1325
9 University of Maryland— College Park 1315
10 University of North Carolina— Chapel Hill 1305
10 University of Illinois— Urbana- Champaign 1305
12 University of California— San Diego 1300
12 Ohio State University— Columbus 1300
14 Binghamton University— SUNY 1290
15 University of Wisconsin— Madison 1285
15 Missouri University of Science & Technology 1285
15 United States Naval Academy 1285
18 University of Texas— Austin 1280
18 New College of Florida 1280
20 United States Military Academy 1275
21 University of Pittsburgh 1270
22 University of Florida 1265
22 University of Minnesota— Twin Cities 1265
22 United States Merchant Marine Academy 1265
25 Clemson University 1255
25 University of Texas— Dallas 1255
25 United States Coast Guard Academy 1255
28 University of California— Santa Barbara 1250
28 University of Connecticut 1250
28 Stony Brook University— SUNY 1250
31 Miami University— Oxford 1245
31 North Carolina State University— Raleigh 1245
31 Florida State University 1245
31 Michigan Technological University 1245
35 University of Georgia 1235
36 University of Washington 1230
37 University of Colorado— Boulder 1225
37 Auburn University 1225
37 University of Alabama— Huntsville 1225
37 CUNY— Baruch College (3) 1225
37 Truman State University 1225
37 California Polytechnic State University— San Luis Obispo (3) 1225
43 SUNY— Geneseo 1220
44 University of California— Davis 1215
44 Virginia Tech 1215
44 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey— New Brunswick (3) 1215
44 University of Massachusetts— Amherst 1215
44 College of New Jersey 1215
49 University of Maryland— Baltimore County 1210
50 Purdue University— West Lafayette 1205
50 University of Alabama 1205
50 University of Tennessee 1205
50 University of South Carolina 1205
54 University of Delaware 1200
55 University of North Carolina— Asheville 1195
56 Pennsylvania State University— University Park 1190
56 New Jersey Institute of Technology 1190
56 University of North Carolina— Wilmington 1190
59 Texas A&M University— College Station 1185
59 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1185
59 University of Vermont 1185
59 University of Oklahoma 1185
59 University of Central Florida 1185
59 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 1185
65 University of California— Irvine 1175
65 Indiana University— Bloomington 1175
67 Michigan State University 1165
67 University of Iowa 1165
67 University of Missouri 1165
67 Louisiana State University— Baton Rouge 1165
67 University of Arkansas 1165
67 University of Cincinnati 1165
67 CUNY— Hunter College 1165
74 University of South Florida 1160
74 Virginia Military Institute (3) 1160
76 Christopher Newport University (2) 1155
77 University at Buffalo— SUNY 1150
77 George Mason University (2) 1150
77 Salisbury University (9) 1150
77 Appalachian State University 1150
81 University of California— Santa Cruz 1145
81 University of Nebraska— Lincoln 1145
81 Iowa State University 1145
81 University of Kansas 1145
81 Arizona State University— Tempe (2) 1145
81 University of Kentucky 1145
81 Kansas State University (2) 1145
81 Oklahoma State University 1145
81 University of Massachusetts— Lowell 1145
81 University of Louisville (3) 1145
81 University of Houston 1145
81 University of Minnesota— Morris 1145
81 University of Wisconsin— La Crosse 1145
94 James Madison University 1140
94 University of South Florida— St. Petersburg 1140
96 University of California— Riverside 1130
96 College of Charleston 1130
96 Georgia College & State University 1130
99 University of Utah 1125
99 Colorado State University 1125
99 University of Illinois— Chicago (3) 1125
99 Mississippi State University 1125
99 University of Wyoming 1125
99 Montana State University 1125
99 Montana Tech of the University of Montana 1125