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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
#108 Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

#108 Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

#108 New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

#108 North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND

#108 University of Colorado—​Denver

Denver, CO

#108 University of Houston

Houston, TX

#108 University of North Carolina—​Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

#108 University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

#108 Utah State University

Logan, UT

#117 Kent State University

Kent, OH

#117 Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

#117 South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

#117 University of Missouri—​Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

#117 University of Montana

Missoula, MT

#117 University of North Carolina—​Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

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