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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
#81 Illinois State University

Normal, IL

#81 San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

#81 University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

#81 University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

#85 University of Hawaii—​Manoa

Honolulu, HI

#85 University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

#85 University of Massachusetts—​Lowell

Lowell, MA

#88 Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

#88 University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

#88 University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

#88 University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

#92 University of Maine

Orono, ME

#92 Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

#94 University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

#94 University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

#94 West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

#97 University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

#98 Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA

#98 Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

#98 Southern Illinois University—​Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

#101 Ball State University

Muncie, IN

#101 Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH

#101 East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

#101 University of Alabama—​Huntsville

Huntsville, AL

#101 University of Nevada—​Reno

Reno, NV

#101 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

#101 Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

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