United States offers the image of a powerful country because of its good facilities. It is a country in which almost everything is privatized, and without money, you do not have access to any of these services. Two good examples are the education system and the large amounts of annual money that must be paid to have a good education and health.
Yes, it is true, the United States facilitates a great variety of scholarships so that students can access to the university, but not all scholarships are enough to admit you to the mythical private universities; Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc. that in addition to being very solvent economically, you need an impeccable curriculum and surely some contacts.
United States not only has private universities such as those mentioned, it also has a large number of prestigious public universities, such as the University of California-Berkeley, which is one of the best-known universities in the world.
The biggest difference between a public and a private university is the amount of economic effort that these entail. Most public universities, if not all, are founded by the Government of each State. Some were built before 1700!! The administration of each state is responsible for defraying and financing the costs of the university. These funds are the reason why public universities have a lower cost for students.
The public schools also offer financial aid to all students who go to a university within the State where they reside (in-state). Therefore, a private university costs around 55,000 USD per year, while a public university is about 35,000 USD except for everyone who resides within the same state, which would be 13,000 USD. All these numbers are approximate figures since it depends on each university in each State and the amount of funds they have of it.
The money collected for tuition at a public university does not have to cover all the expenses, such as the employees ‘salary. However, private universities do not receive public funds, so they are financed through tuition fees (which is why the prices are higher), and private contributions.
Another big difference between these two types of universities, is the size of the campus as well as the variety of different degrees they offer. Public universities are much larger than private universities. The private ones usually have 2000 students on average, while the public universities are some that have up to 50,000 students! – Almost the same number of habitants in Segovia-.
Students who want a variety of specialties can find them at public universities. Students will be able to enroll in academic programs ranging from traditional liberal arts programs to more specialized technical fields.
Private universities, although they have less variety in their specialties, have a particular academic focus, with this, I mean that some private universities can emphasize in liberal arts studies while others are stronger in engineering or more technical studies.
Due to the difference in the number of students that make up one type of university or another, this affects the number of students in each class. Private universities maintain a small number of students, this implies having better access with academic leaders and faculty; On the other hand, in public universities, there may be up to 200 students in the same class, which is a disadvantage.
Every year the rankings of universities vary, and according to the U.S News Colleges, the best public universities are the following.
This ranking not only establishes the academic category of teaching with the hiring of recognized worth professionals, which include Nobel prizes, who teach master classes and specific courses. To establish the rankings, they also use other parameters such as facilities, location, variety of extra-academic activities, etc…
The most prestigious public university in the United States and the 21st in the nationwide.
This public university is located in the state of California, in the city of Berkeley.
A total of 41,000 students. 30,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate. 15% of these students are international.
The admission rate is 18%.
The average cost of a year at the University of Berkeley is 40,000 USD and 14,000 USD (in-state).
A total of 13 men’s and 15 women’s teams are part of the NCAA Division 1 and have won 87 national titles.
This university is located in the neighborhood of Westwood in Los Angeles, five miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country.
The admission rate is 18%
The average cost of a year at UCLA is 43,000 USD, 13,000 USD (in-state).
The top undergraduate programs at UCLA are: biology, business, political science, psychology, psychobiology and economics.
The university has 40 doctoral programs located in the top 10 of its country.
The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pacific-12 Conference of the NCAA Division I.
A total of 261 Olympic medals for athletes from the University of UCLA.
Founded in 1819, this university is located in Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.
The famous writer Edgar Allan Poe studied at UVA but did not finish his undergraduate. In addition, Senator Edward Kennedy, journalist Katie Couric and NFL player Tiki Barber graduated from UVA.
A total of 22,000 students enrolled in UVA. Being 6,000 students of the total graduate students.
The admission rate is 30%
The average cost of a year at the UVA is 44,000 USD, 13,000 USD (in-state).
The Darden School of Business is the nation’s best program according to “The Economist.”
The Cavaliers, or Wahoos are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA Division I.
This university founded in 1817, is located in the city of Ann Arbor, in the state of Michigan, 45 minutes from Detroit.
The annual cost at the University of Michigan is around 48,000 USD, and 15,000 USD (in-state)
The University of Michigan has well-valued the graduate programs nationwide, some are Stephen M. Ross School of Business, College of Engineering, Law School and Medical School, School of Dentistry and Taubman College for Architecture and Urban Planning.
The admission rate is 29%.
The average score of the SAT exam is 1350-1530.
According to Forbes, it was named “Best College Town” in the United States.
It has more than 900 “student-athletes”
The Wolverines participate in the “Big Ten Conference” in the NCAA Division I. In addition, they have won a total of 56 national titles.
This public university is located in the city of Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina.
The admission rate is 27%
There are a total of 29,000 students. 11,000 of the total are graduate students.
Almost 1 in 3 undergraduate students have studied in another country before graduating, making this university with one of the highest rates of studies abroad, more than 350 programs in 70 countries.
The annual cost at this public university is 34,000 USD, and 9,000 USD (in-state).
This university is also considered one of the “Best College Towns in U.S.A” since the city has many activities to offer.
The North Carolina Tar Heels participate in the conference of the Atlantic coast.
The Tar Heels are especially known for the men’s basketball team and their great rivalry with Duke University.
Players like Michael Jordan and Vince Carter played for this university during their college career.
This public university is the second oldest in the United States, and was founded in 1693.
The university is located in the city of Williamsburg, in the state of Virginia.
The admission rate is 37%
It has an annual cost of 43,000 USD, and 20,000 USD (in-state).
Its graduate programs are highly valued, especially the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, which was the first law school in the United States.
The University of William and Mary is valued for its long history in the specialty of liberal arts in addition to giving great importance to scientific research among university students.
The university is located in the city of Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
The annual cost of the university is 33,000 USD and 12,000 USD (in-state)
Apart from the campuses it has in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia Tech also has campuses outside the country, such as France, Ireland, Costa Rica, Singapore and China.
It has a total of 21,500 students, with 15,500 undergraduates.
It should be noted that 63% are men and 37% are women.
The admission rate is 26%.
The most important degrees offered in this university are: Engineering, Finance, Marketing, IT and Biology.
The postgraduate programs in Engineering and Finance are highly valued at the national level.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets belong to the Atlantic Coast conference in the NCAA Division I.
This public university was founded in 1909 and is located in the city of Santa Barba, in the state of California.
In addition, this university is located on the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
The annual cost is 42,000 USD and 14,000 USD (in-state)
It has a total of 21,000 university students without counting the graduate students.
A postgraduate program that is very well positioned in the national ranking is the school of Engineering.
The admission rate is 30%.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos compete in the “Big West” conference at the NCAA Division I. The women’s and men’s soccer teams are well known for their many titles.
The University is located in Irvine, the state of California and was founded not so long ago, in 1965.
The annual cost of this university is 43,000 USD and 15,000 USD (in-state).
It has a total number of undergraduate students of 27,300
This university stands out for its specialized research in cancer and neuroscience.
The minimum average grade that someone must have to be admitted is 3.4 / 4
There is a large number of international student. Being these 50% of the total student body.
UCI compete in the “Big West” conference in the NCAA Division I. They have won a total of 28 national titles and 88 conferences.
Founded in 1853, this public university is located in the city of Gainesville, in the state of Florida.
The annual cost of the University of Florida is 28,000 USD and 6,000 USD (in-state).
It has an approximate number of 34,500 undergraduate students.
The admission rate is 46%
This university has several postgraduate programs very well valued nationally; School of Medicine, Law, Engineering and Finance.
The Florida Gators compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.