state university


Definition of state university 

: a university maintained and administered by one of the states of the U.S. as part of the state public educational system

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In 2016, Beshear won a lawsuit against Bevin over funding cuts to state universities. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear becomes first to announce run for Kentucky governor," 9 July 2018 These HPELs, as they are known, may have gone to state universities and be willing to do a job for $75,000 that an Ivy League graduate in a high-cost market would demand twice as much for. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test," 9 July 2018 At the four state universities, the in-state tuition ranges from $10,225 to $10,919. Susan Haigh, The Seattle Times, "Connecticut considers plan to cover college completion costs," 10 Feb. 2018 As president, Whittaker will be paid a salary of $506,000, the third highest in the state university system, behind the presidents at the University of Florida and Florida State University, according to 2016-17 data from the Board of Governors. Annie Martin,, "UCF's Dale Whittaker confirmed as president," 30 Mar. 2018 If also restored funding that the governor proposed be cut in other areas, including state universities and county property valuation administrators. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "House panel votes to reverse major Bevin budget cuts, increase cigarette tax," 28 Feb. 2018 The Senate budget revisions add about $6 million to House-approved spending for state universities and colleges — a 1 percent spending bump. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "Amended New Mexico state budget seeks more to prosecutors," 10 Feb. 2018 Buy Photo The 14 state universities in Pennsylvania’s system will hike tuition by nearly 3 percent for 2018-19, despite calls from some legislators to freeze costs. Susan Snyder,, "Pa. state universities to hike tuition nearly 3 percent," 12 July 2018 As top student and valedictorian of DeSoto ISD’s class of 2018, she was guaranteed to receive one year of free tuition at a state university, a perk that is given to every valedictorian at a Texas public high school. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "High School Valedictorian Stripped of Ranking Due to an Administrative Error, but She Thinks It's Retaliation for Critical Graduation Speech," 2 July 2018

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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: a university that is owned and run by one of the states of the U.S. as part of the state's public educational system

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