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Public universities are a popular choice among upcoming college students because they are affordable and high-quality. With the rising of tuition, getting accepted at an acclaimed public university can definitely help lessen students' college expenses.

University of California - Berkeley has recently been deemed as one of the best schools in the U.S. according to U.S. News. The school is deemed as the top national public university. Its Los Angeles campus is tied in second place with the University of Virginia. The University of Michigan is at fourth place while the University of North Carolina finished the top five.

In WSJ's list of the college and universities with the most diversity on its campuses, systems such as the City University of New York and the California State University are among the leaders in supporting students and staff from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds across the nation. Urban public schools in California also have diverse student bodies, each having a large proportion of non-native students. The University of California - Irvine got the eighth spot for environment while UCLA got 10th place.

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U.S. News revealed their list of the top 10 public national universities in the U.S. It was noted that these schools operate under the supervision of state governments and are funded partly by tax dollars as well as state subsidiaries. Public universities offer discounted tuition rates to in-state students.

University of California - Davis, UC - San Diego, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin - Madison tie in 10th place. They are followed by the University of California - Irvine. UC's Santa Barbara campus comes in eighth place.

Georgia Institute of Technology got the seventh spot while College of William & Mary, in Virginia, got sixth place. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill nabbed the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. University of California - Los Angeles and the University of Virginia tie in second place and UC - Berkeley is deemed as the best public national university in the United States.

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