7 Best public universities in the Northeast region

There are several rankings that consider the best higher education institutions in the country, and the University Ranking of Folha (RUF) is considered one of the most important of them. In this ranking, it is possible to identify in its 2019 edition that out of the top 20, 18 of them are public institutions.

The Northeast has some of the most prestigious, which appear among the best in the country and receive students from all regions of Brazil. Recalling that vacancies in public universities can be won through the entrance exams carried out in each one of them or through the Unified Selection System (Sisu).

These are quality options, with a focus on higher education and the training of trained professionals for the most diverse areas of knowledge. Below are the 7 best public universities in the Northeast.

The 7 best public universities in the Northeast

Our list is based on an assessment that included 197 higher education institutions from all over Brazil, between public and private. Data related to the materials made available to students and the content taught in the classroom were analyzed.

In addition, two Datafolha opinion polls were evaluated, in aspects such as research, teaching, the market, internationalization and innovation. The data were presented in the Folha University Ranking, 2019.

It is noteworthy that Paraíba is the only state with more than one representative on this list. Perhaps this is because the Northeast is a large region, with several states, different from the South, for example, where there are only three.

1 – UFPE


The Federal University of Pernambuco appears in 10th place among the best public institutions in the country, being the first place among all public universities in the Northeast. Its foundation took place in 1946, with the union of the faculties of Law, Medicine and Philosophy, together with that of Fine Arts and Engineering.

There are campuses in Recife, Caruaru and Vitória de Santo Antão, with a total of 12 academic centers. There are more than 100 options for face-to-face undergraduate courses offered by the Federal University of Pernambuco, with more than 90 of them only in the capital city of Recife.

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

2 – UFC


The Federal University of Ceará (UFC) is considered the second best institution of higher education in the Northeast Region. She occupies the 11th position at RUF 2019, with an emphasis on the Fashion course, which is considered the second best in all of Brazil. UFC was founded in 1954 and currently has a campus in Fortaleza, Sobral, Quixadá, Crateús and Russas.

It is one of the best educational institutions for those looking for a reference entity in research, being a pole of excellence in this regard. There are more than 100 undergraduate courses taught at the Federal University of Ceará, focused on all areas of knowledge, including bachelor’s and undergraduate degrees.

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

3 – UFBA


The Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) is the 14th best public higher education institution in Brazil and the third best in the Northeast. Founded in 1808 as the School of Surgery of Bahia, it became a university in 1946. Currently, there are more than 110 undergraduate courses, distributed on the campuses of Salvador and Vitória da Conquista.

The interesting thing is that it has some housing complexes, aimed at students studying at the Salvador unit. Academics can stay there for the entire period they are studying. In addition to housing, they receive food such as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Website: https://www.ufba.br/
  • Phone: (71) 3283-6017
  • Address: Rua Augusto Viana, s/n – Palácio da Reitoria, Canela, Salvador.

4 – UFRN


The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) is in the 22nd position among the best in Brazil, being a reference in the Northeast Region. One of the highlights is the item “Internationalization”, in which they were in 18th position and in second counting only those from the region in which it is located. Recalling that the evaluation is carried out in 197 higher education institutions in Brazil.

It is one of the newest, since it was founded only in 1958. The main focus is on graduation, but there are still graduate programs, research and extension projects, as well as early childhood education. In addition, there is one more factor that draws attention: UFRN is one of the highlights on the national scene in relation to seismology studies.

  • Website: https://www.ufrn.br/
  • Phone: (84) 3342-2317
  • Address: Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 3000 Centro de Convivência Djalma Marinho Sala 09 S/N – Lagoa Nova, Natal – RN.

5 – UFPB


The fifth position among the best higher education institutions in the Northeast Region is occupied by the Federal University of Paraíba, which has existed since 1934 as a college and since 1955 as a university. Headquartered in João Pessoa, in the state capital, has a campus in Areia, Bananeiras and Litoral Norte, it also has other units in João Pessoa.

UFPB has more than 120 undergraduate courses, still with options for those who intend to study master’s or doctorate. To serve all students, which are more than 35 thousand, it has about 2,500 teachers.

  • Website: https://www.ufpb.br/
  • Phone: (83) 3216-7136
  • Address: Campus I – Lot. Cidade Universitaria, PB, 58051-900.

6 – UFS


The Federal University of Sergipe (UFS), calls attention for being one of the newest on our list, with its foundation in 1968 and occupying a prominent position in the Brazilian and regional scene. Another important factor is that it is the only public institution of higher education in the state of Sergipe. It is located in the municipality of São Cristóvão, and not in the capital Aracaju.

To date, three governors have been trained at UFS, in addition, seven mayors of Aracaju studied there, as well as an executive director of the World Bank. It is a renowned regional and national institution, being one of the main references in relation to Medicine in the North and Northeast.

  • Website: http://www.ufs.br/
  • Phone: (79) 3194-6600
  • Address: Av. Marechal Rondon, s/n – Jardim Rosa Elze, São Cristóvão – SE.

7 – UFCG


The Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) closes our list with the 7 best public universities in the Northeast. It was created only in 2002, when it dismembered from the Federal University of Paraíba. In addition, it has units in Pombal, Sousa, Patos, Cajazeiras, Cuité and Sumé.

It is one of the references throughout the Northeast in relation to studies of science and technology, education, arts and culture. It has already appeared for some years among the top 10 in the country in relation to the Computer Science course, to give you an idea.

  • Website: https://portal.ufcg.edu.br/
  • Phone: (83) 2101-1000
  • Address: R. Aprígio Veloso, 882 – Universitário, Campina Grande – PB, 58428-830.

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