According to rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the top five state colleges in the United States are the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. These are classified as public institutions.
Other public colleges and universities ranked in the top 10 of the 2015 Best Colleges national rankings include the College of William and Mary, the Georgia Institute of Technology and three schools in the University of California system: those in San Diego, Davis and Santa Barbara. These are classified as national universities, which offer a full range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs and emphasize faculty research.
Top-ranked public liberal arts colleges are the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. These schools focus on undergraduate education and award most of their degrees in the arts and sciences.
Regional public colleges and universities offer a wide range of undergraduate degrees and some graduate programs, awarding less than half of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Top-ranked schools in this category include the College of New Jersey, Appalachian State University, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Lewis-Clark State College.