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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
#31 Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

#31 Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

#31 University of Delaware

Newark, DE

#34 Stony Brook University—​SUNY

Stony Brook, NY

#34 University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

#36 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

#36 University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

#36 University of California—​Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#36 University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

#40 Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

#40 Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

#40 Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

#40 University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

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