Your Guide to Public Universities in the USA

    Updated on: 25 Oct 2023 15 min read

     Public Universities in the USA 

    Studying in the United States opens up a world of opportunities. Additionally, the USA is by far the most popular country for international students to study abroad. According to a BridgeU survey, students at IB World Schools are most interested in attending American universities, and 45% of university shortlists on the website are for American colleges and universities.

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    In the USA, are public universities free?

    Compared to private universities, public institutions are less expensive, and some are even free.

    Which public university in the USA is the least expensive?

    Here are a few of the USA's most affordable public universities:

    • Alcorn State University
    • California State University, Long Beach
    • South Texas College

    Is studying in the US expensive for foreign students?

    Yes, paying for school in the US is expensive. Depending on the university and the subject, international students pay between 32,000 and 60,000 USD annually.

    How much money is needed to live in the USA?

    In the entire US, the median essential living wage is 67,690 USD.

    Studying in the USA can take your career to the next level if the course and college are selected wisely. If you are also looking for the universities you have the best chances of getting an admission to, checkout our admit predictor tool. 

    All the best for your study abroad journey!

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Written by Anjaney Chaturvedi

Anjaney has in-depth knowledge of abroad colleges, and universities. With a background in Mechanical Engineering, he has a unique understanding of STEM courses. His interest also lies in finance and education financing. Firmly believes in ‘Being as unique as your fingerprint’.

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Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

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