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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
#29 Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

#29 University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

#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

#44 Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

#44 University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

#44 University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

#47 Iowa State University

Ames, IA

#47 North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

#47 University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

#47 University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

#47 University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

#47 University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

#53 University at Buffalo—​SUNY

Buffalo, NY

#53 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

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