What the crap is a public university?
A university that receives funding from the state. Some of the conditions for funding may include quotas on students (ie, affirmation action) or specific standards for admittance. I believe, humorously, Varus attended a public university.
It's a silly talking point, as many public universities are just as well respected as private ones (for example, University of Delaware, where I graduated from, and University of Florida, where I work at). There are 30 "Public Ivies" comparable to the best of private universities.
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