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UT ranks at No. 58 on ‘value’ listing

UT ranks at No. 58 on ‘value’ listing

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 11:47 am

The Messenger 01.06.10
Washington, D.C. — 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 Tennessee has been ranked at No. 58 on the list.
This year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill takes top honors, a spot it has held consistently since Kiplinger’s first analysis in 1998. The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2010 issue 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. Students can share original videos from their favorite public college with fellow Kiplinger readers via Kiplinger’s Facebook page.
Additionally, Kiplinger’s top 100 ranked private colleges and universities of 2009-10 — announced in November 2009 — are featured in a companion Best College Values report.
Private colleges have recently averaged almost $36,000 a year, a sharp contrast to the public schools on Kiplinger’s top 100 list, in which 39 charge about the same or less than the average annual in-state sticker price of roughly $15,000. 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 $26,075 a year, only one-third more than in-state students.
“Despite widespread state government budget cuts and shrinking endowments, this year’s top 100 public schools continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s. “In fact, in many cases, these institutions are offering the same or more financial aid as in previous years.”
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.

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