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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
#11 University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

#11 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

#11 University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

#14 University of California—​Irvine

Irvine, CA

#14 University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#16 Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

#16 University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

#16 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

#19 University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

#20 University of Georgia

Athens, GA

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