Public Colleges in the Southeast

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the public colleges and universities located in the Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Public Colleges in the Southeast

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Auburn University – Main Campus Auburn AL 18,905 $5,834
University of Montevallo Montevallo AL 2,305 $5,794
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL 19,062 $5,700
Auburn University-Montgomery Montgomery AL 3,634 $5,010
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville AL 4,878 $5,216
University of South Alabama Mobile AL 9,297 $4,822
University of West Alabama Livingston AL 1,727 $4,728
Alabama State University Montgomery AL 4,409 $4,508
Troy University Troy AL 11,994 $4,264
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL 10,046 $4,208
Alabama A & M University Normal AL 4,960 $4,072
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville AL 6,461 $4,056
University of North Alabama Florence AL 5,051 $4,025
University of Arkansas Main Campus Fayetteville AR 13,224 $6,038
University of Central Arkansas Conway AR 10,008 $6,025
Arkansas State University-Main Campus State University AR 8,386 $6,010
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock AR 7,192 $5,725
Henderson State University Arkadelphia AR 1,491 $5,378
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia AR 2,607 $5,224
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff AR 2,735 $4,499
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello AR 2,404 $4,300
Arkansas Tech University Russellville AR 6,125 $4,154
New College of Florida Sarasota FL 841 $3,850
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL 6,110 $3,647
University of Central Florida Orlando FL 35,736 $3,562
University of South Florida Tampa FL 31,280 $3,457
Florida State University Tallahassee FL 23,134 $3,355
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee FL 9,518 $3,274
University of Florida Gainesville FL 34,764 $3,257
Florida International University Miami FL 28,108 $3,130
The University of West Florida Pensacola FL 7,170 $2,860
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL 12,700 $2,793
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton FL 17,020 $2,694
University of Georgia Athens GA 24,445 $5,622
Georgia State University Atlanta GA 17,706 $5,484
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Atlanta GA 12,990 $5,305
Georgia College & State University Milledgeville GA 4,918 $4,750
Georgia Southern University Statesboro GA 14,004 $4,082
Valdosta State University Valdosta GA 8,761 $4,038
University of West Georgia Carrollton GA 7,735 $3,918
Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta GA 3,309 $3,872
North Georgia College & State University Dahlonega GA 4,065 $3,810
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw GA 15,523 $3,806
Clayton State University Morrow GA 4,892 $3,582
Fort Valley State University Fort Valley GA 2,140 $3,558
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus GA 2,023 $3,546
Columbus State University Columbus GA 5,846 $3,514
Savannah State University Savannah GA 3,036 $3,486
Albany State University Albany GA 3,398 $3,470
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah GA 4,996 $3,424
Augusta State University Augusta GA 4,863 $3,242
University of Kentucky Lexington KY 18,037 $7,096
University of Louisville Louisville KY 12,851 $6,940
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green KY 14,429 $6,416
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond KY 11,970 $6,142
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY 10,464 $5,952
Murray State University Murray KY 7,894 $5,418
Kentucky State University Frankfort KY 2,410 $5,320
Morehead State University Morehead KY 6,398 $5,280
Louisiana Tech University Ruston LA 8,345 $4,622
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge LA 23,835 $4,543
University of New Orleans New Orleans LA 7,953 $3,984
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches LA 7,630 $3,713
Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge LA 7,496 $3,666
Grambling State University Grambling LA 4,586 $3,622
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe LA 7,066 $3,607
Nicholls State University Thibodaux LA 5,655 $3,595
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond LA 12,399 $3,561
Louisiana State University-Shreveport Shreveport LA 2,881 $3,520
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette LA 13,704 $3,402
McNeese State University Lake Charles LA 6,858 $3,262
Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans LA 1,630 $2,970
Mississippi State University Mississippi State MS 12,194 $4,978
University of Mississippi Main Campus University MS 12,680 $4,932
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg MS 11,510 $4,914
Jackson State University Jackson MS 5,589 $4,476
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena MS 2,610 $4,467
Alcorn State University Alcorn State MS 2,902 $4,324
Delta State University Cleveland MS 2,880 $4,248
Mississippi University for Women Columbus MS 2,012 $4,209
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC 16,253 $5,340
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh NC 21,247 $5,117
University of North Carolina-Wilmington Wilmington NC 10,032 $4,399
East Carolina University Greenville NC 17,140 $4,368
Appalachian State University Boone NC 12,842 $4,241
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte NC 14,798 $4,153
Western Carolina University Cullowhee NC 6,511 $4,061
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville NC 3,076 $4,045
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro NC 11,562 $4,029
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke NC 4,298 $4,000
North Carolina Central University Durham NC 5,512 $3,606
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro NC 9,348 $3,500
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville NC 4,669 $3,422
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem NC 4,889 $3,300
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City NC 2,696 $2,898
Clemson University Clemson SC 14,251 $10,370
Winthrop University Rock Hill SC 4,913 $10,210
University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia SC 18,253 $8,346
University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartanburg SC 4,345 $7,900
College of Charleston Charleston SC 9,486 $7,778
Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston SC 2,684 $7,735
Lander University Greenwood SC 2,364 $7,728
Coastal Carolina University Conway SC 6,459 $7,600
South Carolina State University Orangeburg SC 3,921 $7,318
Francis Marion University Florence SC 3,164 $7,038
University of South Carolina-Aiken Aiken SC 2,709 $7,036
The University of Tennessee Knoxville TN 19,938 $5,932
University of Memphis Memphis TN 13,501 $5,802
Austin Peay State University Clarksville TN 7,262 $5,238
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga TN 7,316 $5,062
The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin TN 5,900 $5,005
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville TN 7,012 $4,952
East Tennessee State University Johnson City TN 9,344 $4,887
Tennessee State University Nashville TN 6,544 $4,886