UCLA remained among the nation's best-value public universities in annual rankings released Jan. 28 by the Princeton Review.
For its newly published "Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition," the education services company selected a total of 150 colleges — 75 public and 75 private —based on 2012–13 surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions that examined academics, cost and financial aid.
"In a word, the University of California, Los Angeles is about diversity — in what you can study, in what you can do with your free time, in ethnicity, in gender and sexuality, in everything," the Princeton Review said.
Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher, praised the top public colleges, including UCLA, "for their outstanding academics and affordability either via their comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid awards to students with need — or both."
UCLA, which also ranked highly in last year's Princeton Review survey, recently topped another best-value list, placing No. 5 among U.S. public colleges and universities in last December's
Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2014 rankings.
Regardless of methodology, UCLA consistently performs well in a wide variety of rankings. For example, the campus placed No. 23 in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of the nation's top public colleges and universities and No. 10 among national universities in the most recent Washington Monthly magazine rankings, which measure how universities serve the public interest.
In addition, UCLA placed second among American public universities — and No. 12 internationally — in the newest Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities which evaluated more than 1,000 institutions on factors such as faculty publications and research citations and the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.