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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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Rank School
#1 University of Minnesota—​Crookston

Crookston, MN

#2 Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

#3 Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

#4 Mayville State University

Mayville, ND

#5 Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

#6 Chadron State College 1

Chadron, NE

#7 Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

#8 Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

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