UCLA has been ranked the nation's No. 5 "best-value" public university for 2013 by the Princeton Review, the well-known education services company announced today.
For its "Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition" publication, the company assessed a total of 650 colleges and universities and ultimately selected 150, 75 public and 75 private, rating them individually based on academics, cost and financial aid. UCLA was eighth among public universities in the same ranking last year.
"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 company wrote in its profile of UCLA.
Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher commended UCLA and other top institutions for their stellar academics and commitment to affordable education, especially during tough economic times.
For a sortable version of the Princeton Review rankings, visit the "Best Value Colleges" page at USA Today, Princeton's publishing partner on the rankings.
Today's ranking comes on the heels of last month's annual Kiplinger's Personal Finance survey, which listed UCLA sixth among the nation's 100 best-value colleges and universities.