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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Higher ed: Chiang wants to roll back tuition and fees for California undergraduate students at state universities and colleges by more than 40 percent and make two years of community college free for all state residents. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s next governor will have plenty of school work," 3 May 2018 These are tough days at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which feels more like a stepchild of the state university system every day. Adrian Walker,, "A UMass Boston institute that studies war’s effects is fighting to survive budget cuts," 10 Apr. 2018 While lawmakers gradually have been increasing funding since then, Michigan State remains one of five state universities that aren’t fully restored from the 2011 cuts, according to a spokesman for the state’s budget office. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "University Agreed to Settle Nassar Abuse Claims Without Knowing How It Would Pay," 17 May 2018 Is Oregon a vision of what most major state universities will look like in the near future? Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 But the ceremony was relatively small, compared to the massive state university graduations you're used to seeing in the U.S.; there were 260 graduates with about 800 guests, according to the British outlet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's College Graduation Video Is So Precious," 23 Oct. 2018 Myth: There are tunnels underneath the campuses (Photo: Kenneth Fagan/Arizona State University) Reality: This legend exists at all three state universities. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Rooftop pools? Haunted buildings? 8 Arizona university myths debunked, confirmed," 20 June 2018 Miami is the last of the three major state universities to build an indoor practice facility. Matt Murschel,, "Miami's Mark Richt excited for new facility, season to start," 18 May 2018 About a half-dozen faculty members from the state universities blasted Ojakian and the merger plan during a public comment session at the start of the meeting. Kathleen Megan,, "Leaders Pushing Community College Merger Plan Forward Despite Accreditor's Rejection," 10 May 2018

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of state university

: 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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