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Great Public Comprehensive Undergraduate Colleges and Universities in the South

Comprehensive universities offer everything you need for a complete college experience. Explore these great schools in the South to kick off your search!

Thinking about attending college down South? You’ll find beautiful weather, a dynamic culture, country and Western music around every corner, and some amazing higher education institutions—what’s not to love? Start exploring these comprehensive public colleges and universities that offer expansive opportunities and southern hospitality. If you like what you read, you can request more information from each school by clicking the green “Connect me” buttons. We hope you find your dream academic home!

Angelo State University

Angelo State University logoAngelo State University is a public comprehensive university in San Angelo, Texas. ASU offers more than 100 majors and concentrations as well as 100+ campus organizations to 10,800+ students. The University also boasts small class sizes, expert faculty, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for their future careers or advanced study at graduate, medical, or professional school.

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Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University logoAppalachian State University is a public comprehensive university in Boone, North Carolina—95 miles from Winston-Salem and 100 miles from Charlotte. Through the School of Music and the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Fine & Applied Arts, and Health Sciences, App State offers more than 150 bachelor’s degrees focused on research, creativity, innovation, and practice. Students can also get involved in more than 300 clubs and organizations, including 50 dedicated to culture and international students.  

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Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University logoEastern Kentucky University is a public comprehensive university in Richmond, Kentucky—30 miles south of Lexington. EKU offers more than 100 diverse and in-demand degree programs housed in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, Education, Health Science, and Justice & Safety. Nearly 13,000 undergraduates take advantage of numerous merit-based scholarship opportunities and participate in 230+ student organizations as well as intramural and club sports teams.

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Georgia State University

Georgia State University logoGeorgia State University is a public comprehensive university in Atlanta, Georgia. GSU offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study through 12 colleges and schools. More than 54,000 students get involved in 400+ student organizations that cover a variety of interests and specialties, including leadership, activism, arts, politics, academics, religion, recreation, and more.

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Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University logoSam Houston State University is a public comprehensive Doctoral Research university in Huntsville, Texas. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through eight colleges, SHSU students can choose from more than 160 total programs that offer state-of-the-art academic facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities. Get involved in Greek life or any of the 250+ student clubs and organizations; you'll not only build your résumé but your social and professional networks as well.

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University of Louisville

University of Louisville logoThe University of Louisville is a public comprehensive university in Louisville, Kentucky. UofL enrolls more than 23,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 fields of study, 75 master’s programs, and 35 doctoral disciplines. The University is one of only 79 universities in the US to earn Carnegie Foundation recognition for being both a Research 1 and a Community Engaged university—also ranking it among the nation's best institutions for African American and LGBTQ+ students.

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University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina logoThe University of South Carolina is a public comprehensive university with a portion of campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Columbia, South Carolina. The University offers more than 300 majors, including over 60 that are nationally ranked for academics. UofSC is the state’s flagship university, a major center for global research, and home to the nation’s best first-year experience at a public school, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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University of West Georgia

University of West Georgia logoThe University of West Georgia is a public comprehensive university in Carrollton, Georgia—45 miles west of Atlanta. UWG’s more than 12,700 students are enrolled in 85+ programs through the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, Business, and Education as well as the School of Nursing. With over 150 organizations, Student Government, Greek life, and 14 NCAA Division II athletic teams, students have plenty to do, see, and experience on campus.

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Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University logoValdosta State University is a public comprehensive university in Valdosta, Georgia—approximately 79 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. VSU offers nearly 200 academic programs to a student body of 11,200+ students from all 50 states, DC, three US territories, and more than 60 countries. More than 200 on-campus organizations, 19 active Greek chapters, 11 NCAA Division II athletic teams, a full-service Recreation Center, a climbing wall, a zipline challenge course, outdoor trips, and tons more mean you'll never be bored on our campus.

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