2014 Best Colleges Preview: Top 10 Public Universities

Updated 9/10/13: The 2014 Best Colleges rankings have been released; check out the full Best Public Schools rankings online.

Applying to college is a journey that involves finding the right school, submitting applications and then -- if you're lucky -- choosing among the acceptance letters and financial aid awards to find that place you'll call home for the next few years.

To steer you in the right direction, U.S. News surveys colleges and universities each year and ranks nearly 1,400 of them in different categories according to our methodology.

Here, we offer a sneak peek of the 2014 Best Colleges rankings.

These schools -- listed alphabetically below -- are the top 10 Best Public Schools among those in the National Universities category. National Universities emphasize faculty research and offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs. Public schools are typically operated under the supervision of state governments and give state residents free or discounted tuition.

School (state)
College of William and Mary (VA)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University--University Park
University of California--Berkeley
University of California--Davis
University of California--Los Angeles
University of California--San Diego
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
University of Virginia

The actual Best Public Schools rankings of these and other schools will be available Sept. 10, 2013, on usnews.com.

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