12 Best Public Universities in Brazil

Brazil has several public universities, which can be accessed through the Unified Selection System (Sisu) or through entrance exams. Here you can find out which are the 12 best public universities in Brazil. Do any of them stay in your state?

Studying in one of these is the goal of many people, since it is practically a guarantee of good salaries after the diploma is earned. After that, they dedicate themselves to preparatory courses, so that they can get one of these vacancies and can join these quality institutions.

Some of them you probably already have in mind, such as USP, which is not only among the best in Brazil or South America, but even in the whole world. Want to know which are the 12 best public universities in Brazil? Find out now.

1 – USP



The University of São Paulo (USP) is considered the best public in Brazil. It still ranks among the best in the world. Its foundation took place in 1934 and today it has 42 units spread across Brazil, with campuses in the cities of:

  • Sao Paulo;
  • Bauru;
  • Lorena;
  • Piracicaba;
  • Pirassununga;
  • Ribeirao Preto
  • Santos;
  • São Carlos.

It is the public institution that offers the most vacancies for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as opportunities for those who wish to take a master’s or doctorate course. Scientific production is another strong issue at USP.

  • Website: https://www.usp.br/
  • Phone: (11) 3091-3116
  • Address: Butanta, São Paulo – SP




The State University of Campinas (Unicamp) appears among the 12 best public universities in Brazil. It was founded in 1966, with headquarters in Campinas, but has units in other cities such as Limeira, Piracicaba and Paulínia.

Unicamp offers courses in the most varied areas, they are options for those looking for undergraduate or technical education. Among the best rated courses, we highlight:

  • Administration;
  • Public administration;
  • Economic Sciences.

Unicamp is responsible for 15% of Brazilian scientific production. It is classified in the most varied rankings as one of the best in the world, mainly in those that deal with those that are less than 50 years old.

  • Website: https://www.unicamp.br/
  • Phone: (19) 3521-7000
  • Address: Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz – Barão Geraldo, Campinas – SP.

3 – UFRJ



The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) appears among the best federal higher education institutions in Brazil. Its foundation took place in 1920, with its main headquarters in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It also has units in cities such as Angra dos Reis, Duque de Caixa, Macaé and Itaperuna.

It offers several undergraduate and graduate courses, maintaining museums and hospital units. UFRJ is one of the main references in relation to higher education in the Southeast.

  • Website: https://ufrj.br/
  • Phone: (21) 3938-9600
  • Address: Av. Pedro Calmon. nº 550 – Prédio da Reitoria, 2º andar – Cidade Universitária – Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

4 – UFMG



The Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is one of the best educational institutions in the Southeast and in the whole of Brazil. Its foundation was in 1927, having a campus in Belo Horizonte, Tiradentes and Montes Claros. Among the most prominent courses are:

  • Administration;
  • Accounting Sciences;
  • Economic Sciences;
  • Right;
  • Psychology;
  • Journalism;
  • Tourism;
  • Design and International Relations.

Some rankings point UFM as one of the most interesting in Brazil, as is the case with ARWU, appearing among the top five.

  • Website: https://ufmg.br/
  • Phone: (31) 3409-5000
  • Address:  Av. Pres. Antônio Carlos, 6627 – Pampulha, Belo Horizonte – MG.




The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) was founded in 1895, being one of the oldest federal universities in Brazil. It has national and international recognition, appearing every year among the main ones in Brazil and South America. Its headquarters is in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, still with units in Tramandaí.

For several consecutive years UFRGS appeared in the first place among the best rated in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Education. At this college there are courses at all levels, from elementary school to graduate school.

  • Website: http://www.ufrgs.br/
  • Phone: (51) 3308-6000
  • Address: Av. Paulo Gama, 110 Secretaria de Comunicação Social – 8º andar – Reitoria – Farroupilha, Porto Alegre.




Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (Unesp) was founded in 1976, headquartered in São Paulo. One of its highlights is the scientific production, being very sought after by people who like to invest in this direction, being responsible for 8% of everything that is produced in Brazil in this field.

Unesp offers undergraduate courses and several graduate programs, in addition to masters and doctorates, specializations and medical residency. The range of courses taught by Unesp is quite varied.

  • Website: https://www.unesp.br/
  • Phone: (11) 3393-7902
  • Address: Rua Quirino de Andrade, 215 – Centro – São Paulo/SP.

7 – UFSC



The Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) was founded in 1960, being one of the best in the South Region and one of the main in Brazil in relation to public higher education. Headquartered in Florianópolis, it also has campuses in Araranguá, Curitibanos, Joinville and Blumenau.

UFSC appears as one of the best grades in the most diverse evaluations. Its units have laboratories, equipment for learning and for the development of their students. Among the extension projects, it has the University Hospital, just to give an example.

  • Website: https://ufsc.br/
  • Phone: (48) 3721-9878
  • Address: R. Eng. Agronômico Andrei Cristian Ferreira, s/n – Trindade, Florianópolis – SC.

8 – UFPR


At UFPR it is possible to take undergraduate, master’s, doctorate, lato sensu specialization and medical residencies. There are courses in the most varied areas, such as:

  • Journalism;
  • Advertising and marketing;
  • Technology in Quality Management;
  • Technology in Public Management.

The Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) is among the 12 best public universities in Brazil. Its foundation took place in 1912, with headquarters in Curitiba and units in Pontal do Paraná, Mantinhos, Palotina, Jandaia do Sul and Toledo.

  • Website: https://www.ufpr.br/
  • Phone: (41) 3360-5000
  • Address: Rua XV de Novembro, 1299 – Centro, Curitiba – PR.

9 – UNB



The University of Brasília (UNB) is one of the best in the Midwest, with its foundation in 1962. It is one of the references in relation to research. It is one of the best institutions for courses in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Law and Anthropology.

At UNB there are alternatives for undergraduate and distance courses. It is common to appear among the first placed in all national rankings and even in South America.

  • Website: https://www.unb.br/
  • Phone: (61) 3107-3300
  • Address: UnB – Brasília, DF, 70910-900.

10 – UFPE



There are 100 undergraduate courses, in addition to several graduate, master and doctoral programs. Among the highlights are the courses of:

  • Economic Sciences;
  • Psychology;
  • Tourism;
  • Journalism;
  • Design;
  • Administration;
  • Right;
  • Advertising and marketing.

The Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) is one of the best in Brazil and one of the biggest references in the Northeast Region. Its foundation took place in 1946, based in Recife.

Website: https://www.ufpe.br/
Phone: (81) 2126-8000
Address: Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235 – Cidade Universitária, Recife – PE.

11 – UFC



The Federal University of Ceará (UFC) was founded in 1954 and is one of the most sought after educational institutions in the Northeast. In 2019 it appeared as one of the top 20 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its highlights are related to undergraduate and graduate courses.

In addition to Fortaleza, it has units in Sobral, Quixadá, Russas and Crateús. UFC has state-of-the-art libraries and laboratories for its students.

  • Website: http://www.ufc.br/
  • Phone: (85) 3366-7300
  • Address: R. Cinco, 100 – Pres. Kennedy, Fortaleza – CE.




Our ranking with the 12 best public universities in Brazil is closed by the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR). Its foundation took place in 1968, with the majority of professors having masters or doctors, showing how the quality of teaching is strong there.

It is headquartered in the cities of Araras, Lagoa do Sino, São Carlos and Sorocaba. It has dozens of programs aimed at postgraduate courses, being one of the best options in the Southeast Region.

  • Website: https://www.ufscar.br/
  • Phone: (16) 3351-8111
  • Address: Rod. Washington Luiz, s/n, São Carlos – SP.

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