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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 California Polytechnic State University—​San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

#2 Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

#3 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM

#4 Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA

#5 California State University—​Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

#6 California State Polytechnic University—​Pomona

Pomona, CA

#7 California State University—​Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

#8 California State University—​Fresno

Fresno, CA

#8 San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

#10 California State University—​Chico

Chico, CA

#10 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

#10 University of Colorado—​Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

#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

#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

#36 Montana State University—​Billings

Billings, MT

#37 California State University—​Bakersfield 1

Bakersfield, CA

#37 California State University—​East Bay

Hayward, CA

#37 University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Odessa, TX

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