Top Public Schools
Regional Universities (West)
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.
Montana State University—Billings
California State University—Bakersfield
California State University—East Bay
University of Texas of the Permian Basin