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UCLA ranks near top in survey of nation's 'best value' public universities

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UCLA ranks No. 9 among the top 100 best-value public colleges and universities in the nation, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's annual report on schools that deliver a quality education at an affordable price.
 
kiplinger-mag-coverAccording to Kiplinger's, UCLA placed highly because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price and overall great value.
 
"As states cut funding for higher education and tuition continues to climb, the word 'value' becomes more significant than ever," said Jane Bennett Clark, the magazine's senior editor. "This year's top 100 public schools deliver strong academics at reasonable prices. We applaud these institutions for tightening their belts without compromising quality."
 
Also among the best-value schools on the 2012 list are seven University of California campuses: UC Berkeley (7), UC San Diego (10), UC Santa Barbara (17), UC Davis (20), UC Irvine (22), UC Santa Cruz (56) and UC Riverside (95). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took the top spot on the list.
 
This year, Kiplinger's revamped its rankings to give more weight to academic value, such as the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include tuition, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
 
The editors at Kiplinger's Personal Finance start with data on more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. The list is then narrowed down to about 120 schools based on measures of academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates. The editors then rank each school based on cost and financial aid. Academic quality carries more weight than cost.
 
THE TOP 100
 
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Florida
3. University of Virginia
4. College of William and Mary
5. New College of Florida
6. University of Georgia
7. University of California, Berkeley
8. University of Maryland, College Park
9. University of California, Los Angeles
10. University of California, San Diego
11. SUNY Geneseo
12. Binghamton University (SUNY)
13. University of Wisconsin-Madison
14. University of Washington
15. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
16. University of Michigan
17. University of California, Santa Barbara
18. Florida State University
19. North Carolina State University
20. University of California, Davis
21. Texas A&M University
22. University. of California, Irvine
23. Truman State University (Mo.)
24. University of Texas at Austin
25. University of Delaware
26. College of New Jersey
27. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
28. James Madison University (Va.)
29. University of Pittsburgh (Pa.)
30. University of Connecticut
31. Georgia Institute of Technology
32. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
33. Appalachian State University (N.C)
34. Clemson University (S.C)
35. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
36. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
37. Ohio State University
38. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
39. University of Central Florida
40. Indiana University, Bloomington
41. North Carolina School of the Arts
42. St. Mary's College of Maryland
43. Rutgers, State Univ. of N.J., New Brunswick
44. University of Mary Washington (Va.)
45. University of North Carolina at Asheville
46. University of Texas at Dallas
47. University of Iowa
48. Ramapo College of New Jersey
49. Michigan State University
50. George Mason University (Va.)
51. Pennsylvania State Univ. at University Park
52. Miami University (Ohio)
53. University of Arkansas
54. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
55. SUNY New Paltz
56. University of California, Santa Cruz
57. University of South Carolina
58. SUNY Oneonta
59. University of Vermont
60. Purdue University (Ind.)
61. College of Charleston (S.C.)
62. University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
63. University of North Florida
64. University at Albany (SUNY)
65. University of Minnesota, Morris
66. Iowa State University
67. University of Oklahoma
68. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
69. Colorado School of Mines
70. University of Massachusetts–Amherst
71. Salisbury University (Md.)
72. Louisiana State University
73. University of Colorado at Boulder
74. University of Tennessee
75. SUNY Brockport
76. Towson University (Md.)
77. San Diego State University (Cal.)
78. SUNY Fredonia
79. University of Missouri–Columbia
80. University of Alabama
81. Western Washington University
82. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
83. Cal. Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
84. University of Maryland, Baltimore
85. University of Illinois at Springfield
86. Colorado State University
87. University of South Florida
88. North Georgia College &  State University
89. Auburn University (Ala.)
90. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
91. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
92. Oklahoma State University
93. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
94. Christopher Newport University (Va.)
95. University of California, Riverside
96. Louisiana Tech University
97. University of Oregon
98. California State University, Long Beach
99. University of Arizona
100. University of New Hampshire
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