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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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 Walders, 43, is paid $77,000 by the state university, according to a database kept by the group Transparent California. Morgan Cook,, "SDSU choral director sues former students, claims defamation regarding alleged affair with student," 4 May 2018 Washington has brought in more than $773 million to pay for healthcare services, research from state universities on the effects of short-term and long-term pot use, reducing marijuana use among minors and other efforts. Jonathan Bach, ajc, "Pot taxes across US shore up school budgets, drug-prevention efforts," 26 Apr. 2018 Voters throughout the state elect the board members at three state universities, including Michigan State — where the board members have come under heavy criticism over the Nassar scandal and where the president resigned. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Bill: College leaders must be told of sex misconduct cases," 11 Apr. 2018 The Orlando school leads the state university system by taking more than 30 percent of the college transfers. Lloyd Dunkelberger,, "State looks to boost college-to-university pipeline," 3 July 2018 In Hawaii, Michigan, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, the lower rate is granted through the state university systems. Washington Post, "Arizona ‘Dreamers’ struggle after losing cheaper tuition," 19 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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