It's springtime. The flowers are blooming and your admissions decisions are looming. It's not hard to figure out the schools that are sending out the most rejection letters this year because it's the same every year: Harvard, Yale, Princeton. The Ivies, obviously.
I, for one, am getting a little bit tired of reading college list after college list with the same handful of schools on it. With that in mind, I thought I'd come up with a list of the best public colleges and universities in no particular order. These are the kinds of places where you can get a serious education for a whole lot less, assuming you live in-state that is....
The College of William and Mary is the second oldest school in the U.S. and it's alumni list is equally impressive: Thomas Jefferson is one of the three Presidents to graduate from "The College," along with 2 other presidents and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Tech students may call themselves "the ramblin wrecks of Georgia Tech" but they're also smart as whips. Tech is known as one of the best engineering and architecture schools in the country and it's location in the Downtown neighborhood of Atlanta, GA ain't too bad either.
UC - Berkeley boasts 23 libraries, a handful of Nobel Laureates, hundreds of Guggenheim fellows and the fabulous weather of sunny California.
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
UMich has one of the world's largest living alumni groups, incredible living/learning programs and the Wolverines, who routinely clobber opponents on the football field and ice-hockey rink.
Mr. Jefferson's University was once the site of secret societies and currently houses some of the best business and law programs in the country.
Previously: Making Your College List: 5 Important Tips to Remember