Top Public Schools

Regional Universities (Midwest)

Top Public Schools Methodology

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 Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

#2 University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

#3 University of Wisconsin—​La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

#4 University of Illinois—​Springfield

Springfield, IL

#5 Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

#5 University of Wisconsin—​Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

#7 Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

#7 University of Michigan—​Dearborn

Dearborn, MI

#9 Southern Illinois University—​Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

#9 University of Minnesota—​Duluth

Duluth, MN

#9 University of Wisconsin—​Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI

#9 University of Wisconsin—​Whitewater

Whitewater, WI

#13 University of Nebraska—​Kearney

Kearney, NE

#13 Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

#15 University of Wisconsin—​Stout

Menomonie, WI

#16 Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

#17 University of Wisconsin—​Green Bay

Green Bay, WI

#17 University of Wisconsin—​Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI

#17 Winona State University

Winona, MN

#20 Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

#21 University of Wisconsin—​Platteville

Platteville, WI

#21 University of Wisconsin—​River Falls

River Falls, WI

#21 Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

#24 Minnesota State University—​Mankato

Mankato, MN

#25 Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI

#26 Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

#26 Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

#26 Washburn University

Topeka, KS

#29 St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud, MN

#30 Dakota State University

Madison, SD

#30 Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

#32 Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

#32 Emporia State University

Emporia, KS

#32 University of Central Missouri 1

Warrensburg, MO

#32 University of Michigan—​Flint

Flint, MI

#32 University of Wisconsin—​Superior

Superior, WI

#37 Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, MO

#38 Minot State University

Minot, ND

#39 Minnesota State University—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

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