By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Washington, D.C. (January 4, 2011)—Today Kiplinger’s Personal Finance announces the 100 best values in public colleges, ranking four-year institutions that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price.

For the tenth time since Kiplinger’s first analysis in 1998, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the chart.

Web visitors will find special interactive features including a reader’s choice poll, a slideshow of the top 10 schools, and data sortable by criteria such as state, tuition cost, average debt, student/faculty ratio, and admission rate.

Parents and college-bound students can dive into dozens of quality and affordability measures for each of the 100 schools on the list.

The average annual in-state sticker price of a public college is $16,140—some $20,000 less than for private colleges.

Among the public schools on Kiplinger’s top 100 list, one-fifth of them charge less than the average cost.

Plus, the deals aren’t restricted to in-state students. At Binghamton University (SUNY), which takes the top spot in value for out-of-state students, non-New Yorkers pay $27,535 a year, less than the national average of $28,130.

“Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s. “Schools like these on the Kiplinger 100 list prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education—and without a huge cloud of debt.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kiplinger’s top-ranked college, prides itself on providing an outstanding education at a low cost.

The university recently hired 120 junior faculty members, expanded its honors program, and introduced an enrichment program for top freshmen—all while pruning operating costs by $36 million annually.

Carolina continues to meet the full need of students who qualify for need-based aid despite a 35% increase over the past two years in the number of students who qualify for aid.

The Kiplinger 100 Rankings:
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Florida
3. University of Virginia
4. College of William and Mary (Va.)
5. University of Maryland, College Park
6. Binghamton University (SUNY)
7. SUNY Geneseo
8. University of Georgia
9. University of Wisconsin–Madison
10. University of Washington
11. New College of Florida
12. University of California, San Diego
13. University of California, Los Angeles
14. University of Texas at Austin
15. North Carolina State University
16. University of California, Berkeley
17. University of California, Irvine
18. Georgia Institute of Technology
19. James Madison University (Va.)
20. Florida State University
21. College of New Jersey
22. University of Michigan
23. Texas A&M University
24. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
25. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
26. University of Mary Washington (Va.)
27. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
28. University of Pittsburgh (Pa.)
29. University of Delaware
30. Indiana University, Bloomington
31. Truman State University (Mo.)
32. University of Connecticut
33. University of Central Florida
34. University of California, Santa Barbara
35. Appalachian State University (N.C.)
36. SUNY New Paltz
37. University of California, Davis
38. Ohio State University
39. Michigan State University
40. St. Mary's College of Maryland
41. Clemson University (S.C.)
42. University of South Carolina
43. University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
44. Pennsylvania State Univ. at University Park
45. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
46. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
47. SUNY Oneonta
48. Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts
49. Ramapo College of New Jersey
50. Cal. Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
51. Rutgers, State Univ. of N.J., New Brunswick
52. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
53. Evergreen State College (Wash.)
54. University of Texas at Dallas
55. University of South Florida
56. Western Washington University
57. University of Arkansas
58. University of North Carolina at Asheville
59. Colorado School of Mines
60. Salisbury University (Md.)
61. George Mason University (Va.)
62. University of Iowa
63. SUNY Brockport
64. SUNY Plattsburgh
65. SUNY Fredonia
66. Purdue University (Ind.)
67. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
68. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
69. University of California, Santa Cruz
70. SUNY Cortland
71. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
72. University of Vermont
73. University at Albany (SUNY)
74. University of Tennessee
75. University of Missouri–Columbia
76. Louisiana State University
77. Miami University (Ohio)
78. Towson University (Md.)
79. California State University, Long Beach
80. Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology
81. University of Oklahoma
82. University of Alabama
83. University of Massachusetts–Amherst
84. College of Charleston (S.C.)
85. University of Colorado at Boulder
86. Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology
87. University of Minnesota, Morris
88. Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania
89. University of Oregon
90. Colorado State University
91. University of Maryland, Baltimore
92. San Diego State University (Cal.)
93. University of New Hampshire
94. Temple University (Pa.)
95. Illinois State University
96. Auburn University (Ala.)
97. Florida International University
98. Washington State University
99. Millersville University of Pennsylvania
100. Georgia College & State University

Selected from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates, as well as on cost and financial aid.

More methodology specifics—as well as sortable rankings and other interactive features—are available at:

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