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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
#79 New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ

#79 University of Mississippi

University, MS

#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

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