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Regional Universities (South)

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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 The Citadel

Charleston, SC

#2 James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

#3 Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

#4 College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

#5 University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

#6 University of North Carolina—​Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

#7 Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

#8 Murray State University

Murray, KY

#8 Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

#10 Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, GA

#11 Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

#12 Longwood University

Farmville, VA

#13 Radford University

Radford, VA

#13 Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN

#15 University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

#16 Marshall University

Huntington, WV

#16 Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

#18 University of Tennessee—​Martin

Martin, TN

#19 University of Tennessee—​Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

#20 Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

#20 University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

#22 Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

#22 University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

#24 Morehead State University

Morehead, KY

#25 Arkansas State University

State University, AR

#26 Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC

#26 Winston-​Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

#28 University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR

#29 North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

#30 Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

#30 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

#30 Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA

#33 Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

#33 Francis Marion University

Florence, SC

#35 Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

#35 Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

#37 Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

#38 Troy University

Troy, AL

#38 University of North Alabama

Florence, AL

#38 University of North Carolina—​Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

#38 University of South Florida—​St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL

#42 Albany State University

Albany, GA

#42 Auburn University—​Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

#42 Virginia State University 1

Petersburg, VA

#45 Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, GA

#45 University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

#47 Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

#47 Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR

#47 McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

#47 Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA

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