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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
#21 Clemson University

Clemson, SC

#21 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

#21 University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

#24 Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

#25 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

#25 Texas A&M University—​College Station

College Station, TX

#25 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#29 Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

#29 University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

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