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Public colleges and universities are typically operated under the supervision of state governments and are funded, in part, by tax dollars and subsidies from the state. As a result, these universities often offer free or discounted tuition to students considered residents of the state. Public schools run the gamut from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions. These are the highest ranked public colleges and universities in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings, listed according to their ranking category.

Rank School
#1 United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

#2 United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

#3 United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

#4 Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

#5 New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

#5 St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

#7 University of North Carolina—​Asheville

Asheville, NC

#8 University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

#9 Purchase College—​SUNY

Purchase, NY

#10 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

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