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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
#26 California State University—​San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

#27 Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

#27 University of Alaska—​Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

#29 Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, TX

#29 University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

#29 University of Texas—​Pan American

Edinburg, TX

#32 Weber State University

Ogden, UT

#32 Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR

#32 West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX

#35 Texas A&M International University

Laredo, TX

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