When it comes to picking which schools are the best, the choices can be confusing. There are so many to choose from! While some people prefer the idea of attending a private school like Yale, some prefer the idea of a state school. And there are plenty of those to choose from. Here are some of the top state schools in the country.
Cornell is not just an Ivy league school, it is a public college too. Founded in 1865 in Ithaca, New York, the college was set up to explore all areas of study. The college is now divided into seven graduate and seven undergraduate schools. The average SAT score of students is an impressive 2130. Students are given support from an extensive faculty, some of who have received prizes in their respected fields. Students can then join the ranks of the respected alumni of the past. Past students have included Christopher Reeve and E.B. White who was the author of the children’s novel “Charlotte’s Web”. Even if students don’t find fame and fortune when they leave they can still expect an average salary of $58,200.
University of California Berkeley
UC Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. It was once a private college but there was a lack of funding and it merged with the local state run college. The college motto is “Let there be Light” in English and with the average SAT score being 2035, it looks like the light comes from those bright spark students. In 2015 UC Berkeley was ranked as one of the top 3 universities in the world which isn’t surprising. There are 72 Nobel Laureates associated with the college. When the time comes for students to leave Oski the Bear, the school mascot, and join the world they can expect an average salary of $59,500.
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
The oldest university in Michigan is even older than the state. Michigan State was founded in 1817 in Detroit, 20 years before Michigan was officially declared a state. Freshman applications have exceeded 50,000 in recent years but around 15,000 were admitted each year. The average SAT score of the lucky 15,000 chosen was 2065. The Michigan Daily is the student run newspaper that is independent from the college, good news for all those budding writers. But if you fancy yourself a star, you could always work on the student run radio station, or the student run TV station. When graduates leave they can expect to see an average of $56,800 as a starting salary. Or maybe you will be lucky and get spotted while on the student TV shows and hit the big time!
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech has come a long way from just offering an engineering degree in 1885. There are now 31 different departments in the college with the main focus on science and technology. When students aren’t studying they can enjoy watching the Yellow Jackets football team or sing along to “The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech”. The average SAT score of students is 2080 but even these smart cookies find it hard. Georgia Tech is ranked as one of the toughest colleges in the country. It’s not uncommon for students to sacrifice sleep or social lives to keep on top of the workload. When students graduate the college they can expect an average salary of $61,700.
United States Naval Academy
If you are looking for an excellent starting salary when you graduate then why not enlist with the United States Naval Academy? Graduates who make it through the 4 years of college here can expect an officer’s position in the Navy with an average starting salary of $80,700. But don’t think that it is plain sailing with these guys, they don’t just pick anyone. The average SAT score of students here is 1913. The entry requirements to get in are even tougher than you think. There is a college application, testing, personal references, and you need to have someone appoint you as a candidate, namely a Senator. It could all be worth it in the end, over 50 astronauts have graduated from the Academy, 6 of them have been to the moon.
University of Virginia
If you enjoy secrets and honor then the University of Virginia might be the place for you. Founded in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia, it has become known its secret societies and student run honor code. There are still 6 secret societies that active and are over 100 years old. Over the last ten years, there has been a steady increase in the amount of applications. And with the average SAT score of students being 2025 getting in keeps getting harder. If you are one of the lucky ones and make it through to graduation you can expect to see an average starting salary of around $54,100. Being a graduate from Virginia will make you alumi with Tina Fey and Edgar Allen Poe.
United States Military Academy
The United States Military Academy at West Point is normally called The Point for short. Founded in 1802 and located in Orange County, The Point prepares men and women for a career in the army. Just like the Naval Academy, there is a strict admissions procedure that is as tough as the army itself. Candidates need a nomination from a member of Congress and need to pass the testing before they set foot on campus. The Point only accepts around 9% of the applications it receives and the average SAT of the students selected is 1880. If you get in and can hack the pace for four years, you can look forward to a career with an average starting salary of $75,000.
University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA can be found just 30 minutes from Hollywood Boulevard in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. With the enrollment of around 45,000 students each year but over 90,000 applications, UCLA is one of the most selective schools in the country. With the average student SAT score being 1975 and the average GPA increasing every year, its gets harder every year to get a place. UCLA is reported to be one of the most dangerous campuses in the country with nearly 1,000 crimes reported in 2011 according to Business Insider. If you can survive the studying through the apparent crime wave then graduates can expect an average starting salary of $50,300.
University of Texas at Austin
UT Austin has one of the largest campuses in the country with seven museums and seventeen libraries. The first mention of the University was in the 1827 Mexican constitution before Texas became the 28th state. It wasn’t until 1858 that the plans for a state university were discussed again and it was finally opened in 1883. Today the university offers over 100 undergraduate degrees and 170 graduate degrees. Around 50,000 students join the Longhorns every year and the average SAT score is 1900. Because of the standard of education that is delivered at the school, UT Austin is considered one of the Public Ivies and graduates can expect an average starting salary of $52,200.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
If you have an average SAT score of 2030 and want to study in the second biggest college library in the country, then come on and try U of I, short for University of Illinois. The most recent school to be added to the University was the veterinary school in 1948. The university has a high level of research activity and there is even a research park on part of the campus. When students aren’t researching or in the library, there is an active student activity program including Greek life with 59 fraternities and 36 sororities to choose from. When the toga parties are over and the graduates have to go into the big world, they can expect to see an average starting salary of $55,000.