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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
#1 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

#2 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

#2 University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

#4 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

#6 College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

#7 Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

#8 Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

#9 University of California—​Davis

Davis, CA

#9 University of California—​San Diego

La Jolla, CA

#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

#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

#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

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