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Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2013

UNC Chapel Hill tops new Kiplinger ‘Best Values in Public College’ list, 6 schools from Florida make list

Beginning in 1998 the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has released an annual Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges report and once again the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the list.

UNC Chapel Hill - #1 for the 13th year in a row, photo Moliverg via Wikimedia Commons

UNC Chapel Hill – #1 for the 13th year in a row, photo Moliverg via Wikimedia Commons

“That puts UNC at number one for the 13th straight time—as many times as Kiplinger’s has ranked public colleges. UNC’s combination of stellar academics, low cost and rich financial aid has once again bested its peers.,” the article states.

“The first runner-up is the University of Virginia, for the second consecutive year. UVA has the highest four-year graduation rate on our list and the second-lowest in-state cost ($5,070, on average) after need-based aid is applied. The University of Florida kept its third-place spot, with a $10,679 annual price tag after need-based aid as well as improved graduation rates. And the College of William and Mary stayed in fourth place thanks to its strong academics—including a 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio and a 32% admission rate (the lower the number, the more competitive the school).

Notable is six Florida schools all made the list:

3. University of Florida
11. New College of Florida
19. Florida State University
42. University of Central Florida
55. University of South Florida
64. University of North Florida

The midwest showed a notable improvement according to the report.

“Several had an especially strong showing this year, with the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor (number six), breaking into the top ten. The University of Wisconsin at Madison landed at number eight. And Truman State University, in Kirksville, Mo., hit number 12, continuing its climb.

Check out the full article HERE

The rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2014 issue—on newsstands December 31, 2013—and available online today.

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