List of state universities in the United States

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In the United States, a state college or state university is one of the public colleges or universities funded by or associated with the state government. In some cases, these institutions of higher learning are part of a state university system, while in other cases they are not. Several U.S. territories also administer public colleges and universities. The U.S. federal government does not run colleges or universities except for the service academies, the Community College of the Air Force, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, military war colleges and staff colleges, and Haskell Indian Nations University; additionally Gallaudet University, Howard University, and American University are private universities that are Federally chartered. However, the federal government does make federal grants to state universities.

These state, as well as private, universities are accredited by different regional, not national, accreditation agencies, including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, depending on which region of the United States the university is located in. These accreditation agencies' approvals are critical to a university's operations and public reputation; if a university loses accreditation or is not accredited in the first place, students will be reluctant to either continue or enroll at the school because the degree will be seen as being worthless. (In a worst-case scenario, a university can shut down completely.) The aforementioned agencies are all recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Most state universities receive at least part of their funding from the state, although many have substantial income from tuition and fees, endowment proceeds, donations (such as from alumni or philanthropists), and revenue from royalties. State universities usually offer lower tuition costs to in-state residents. According to the College Board, public four-year colleges charge on average $7,605 per year in tuition and fees for full-time in-state students and $11,990 for out-of-state students.[1]

In some states, e.g. Maryland, Tennessee, Indiana, and Washington, there is a campus designated as the flagship campus in the state's university system, which generally is the most prestigious campus and the largest campus in student population, e.g. the University of Maryland College Park campus in the University System of Maryland, the Indiana University Bloomington campus in the Indiana University System, the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus in the University of Tennessee System, and the University of Washington's Seattle campus in the University of Washington System.

However, in some other states, e.g. Oregon, Rhode Island, or Georgia, the state universities are treated as equal partners; therefore there is no officially recognized flagship campus in the state's university system.

There are a number of states that have more than one university system, e.g. Tennessee with 2; California with 2; New York with 2; and Texas with 6 (the most).

Notes:

  • As a general rule, schools are not alphabetized by their complete names, but rather by the names by which they are normally called. For example, in a list alphabetized by normal rules, "Auburn University" would precede "University of Alabama," but the schools are virtually always referred to in popular conversation as "Auburn" and "Alabama" (followed by a campus identifier if required by the context). Therefore, in this article, "Alabama" precedes "Auburn".
  • The list includes some of the more common academic nicknames or acronyms used for certain colleges or universities, e.g. Ole Miss for the University of Mississippi, Idaho State for Idaho State University, or UNF for the University of North Florida, not the Rebels/Black Bears, Bengals, or Ospreys, respectively.
    • To minimize any confusion regarding acronyms, either the first school listed or the school that is more nationally known having an acronym the same as another has the acronym provided, e.g. San Diego State University has the acronym SDSU included because it is listed before South Dakota State University and Arizona State University has the acronym ASU given because it is better known nationally than Alabama State; in addition, only acronyms that are unique are given, e.g. UW Tacoma for the University of Washington's Tacoma campus or UNH for the University of New Hampshire.
  • The list also includes schools that grant first-professional doctorates only (e.g., medical schools, law schools, or veterinary schools) that are independent of any other school in a state system.
  • To see a list of community colleges and technical centers in the United States that offer only associate's degrees, visit the community colleges list.
  • To see a list of tribal colleges and universities in the United States, visit the tribal colleges and universities list.

Alabama[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

(**University of California, Hastings College of the Law (law school; administered separately from the other UC campuses)

Colorado[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Delaware[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

Note that the District of Columbia provides tuition grants to its residents toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam, and Puerto Rico.[2]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Guam[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Note: Washburn University in Topeka is the only remaining municipally chartered university in the United States.

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

Montana[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

Colleges

Graduate and professional schools

University Centers

Other Doctoral-Granting Institutions

University Colleges

Technology Colleges

Northern Mariana Islands[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE)

The 14 universities in PaSSHE are state-owned. They are directly governed by gubernatorial appointees sitting on the PaSSHE Board of Governors. Each university also has an independent Council of Trustees appointed by the Commonwealth's governor.

Commonwealth System of Higher Education

Universities of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education receive public funds and reduce tuition for residents of Pennsylvania. Gubernatorial appointees are always a minority of their respective governing boards.

Puerto Rico[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Utah[edit]

Vermont[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Virgin Islands, United States[edit]

Washington[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

Notes[edit]

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