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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 Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

#2 University of South Carolina—​Aiken

Aiken, SC

#3 University of South Carolina—​Upstate

Spartanburg, SC

#4 Concord University

Athens, WV

#5 Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, GA

#6 University of Arkansas—​Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, AR

#6 West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

#8 Clayton State University

Morrow, GA

#8 Lander University 1

Greenwood, SC

#8 University of South Carolina—​Beaufort

Bluffton, SC

#11 Glenville State College

Glenville, WV

#12 Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

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