Public universities are part of an individual state’s education system and receive funding from both the state and federal government.
If you’re from Ohio, you will pay lower fees at a public university in Ohio than a student from California or the UK at that university.
However, public universities often have lower fees than private institutions, even for out-of-state students. As an international student, you will be considered as an out-of-state applicant for all public universities.
State universities can have large campuses and high student numbers. They can be centres of excellence for certain subjects, and will often have many graduate schools and specialisms available.