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April 23, 2013 > Kiplinger's best values in public colleges

Kiplinger's best values in public colleges

Submitted By Jessica Weeg

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has named the 100 best values in public colleges, ranking four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill again takes top honors, a spot it has held consistently since Kiplinger's first analysis in 1998.

However this year, five California schools landed in the top 20 despite a 72 percent rise in tuition fees since 2007-08.

Northern California boasts the following honorees from Kiplinger's list:
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Cruz

From Southern California the honorees are:
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego

UC institutions charge the five highest total amounts for in-state students (and the six highest total amounts for out-of-staters) among Kiplinger's top 100 public schools. For UC schools, academics are key. Sixth-ranked UCLA ($26,888 in-state) admits just 25 percent of applicants, with 44 percent topping 700 on the math portion of the SATs and 22 percent exceeding 700 on the verbal portion. Fortunately, most students don't pay the shocking sticker prices. UC schools offset their high cost with liberal financial aid.

To find out more details about what makes these schools among the best value colleges in the country and to see what other schools made the list, please visit: kiplinger.com/links/college.

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