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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
#55 University of California—​Riverside

Riverside, CA

#55 University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

#57 Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

#58 University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#58 University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

#60 Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

#60 Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

#60 University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

#63 Missouri University of Science & Technology

Rolla, MO

#63 University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

#63 University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

#63 University of Illinois—​Chicago

Chicago, IL

#63 Washington State University

Pullman, WA

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