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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 College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ

#2 SUNY—​Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

#3 Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

#4 CUNY—​Baruch College

New York, NY

#5 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Camden

Camden, NJ

#6 Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, NJ

#6 SUNY—​New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

#8 CUNY—​City College

New York, NY

#8 CUNY—​Queens College

Flushing, NY

#10 CUNY—​Hunter College

New York, NY

#11 College at Brockport—​SUNY

Brockport, NY

#11 Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

#11 Towson University

Towson, MD

#14 Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

#14 SUNY—​Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

#16 Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

#16 SUNY College—​Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

#18 CUNY—​Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY

#18 SUNY College—​Cortland

Cortland, NY

#18 SUNY—​Oswego

Oswego, NY

#21 West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

#22 Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, PA

#22 SUNY—​Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

#24 Keene State College

Keene, NH

#24 University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#24 University of Massachusetts—​Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

#27 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, PA

#27 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

#29 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, PA

#30 SUNY College—​Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

#31 SUNY Buffalo State

Buffalo, NY

#31 William Paterson University of New Jersey

Wayne, NJ

#33 Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT

#34 SUNY Institute of Technology—​Utica/​Rome

Utica, NY

#35 Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH

#36 Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, CT

#36 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg, PA

#36 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, PA

#39 Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

#40 CUNY—​Lehman College

Bronx, NY

#40 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, PA

#40 Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

#43 CUNY—​John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, NY

#44 California University of Pennsylvania 1

California, PA

#44 CUNY—​College of Staten Island

Staten Island, NY

#44 Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

#44 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield, PA

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