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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
#13 Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

#13 Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

#15 Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

#16 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

#17 California State University—​San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

#17 California State University—​Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

#19 California State University—​Northridge

Northridge, CA

#19 Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

#21 Boise State University

Boise, ID

#22 California State University—​Channel Islands 1

Camarillo, CA

#22 California State University—​Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

#22 California State University—​Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

#22 University of Texas—​Tyler

Tyler, TX

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