UGA. GA Tech, AU and UA make Kiplinger top 100 list

Press Release

WASHINGTON —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.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2011 issue—on newsstands today—and online at

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




More on Ranking Methodology

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:

Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance