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Past Years' Rankings of Top Public College Values

Since 1998, Kiplinger's Personal Finance has ranked the top values in public colleges. Our exclusive rankings are based on a set of criteria that includes both academic quality and affordability. Many schools appear in our rankings from year to year, demonstrating a commitment to delivering good value to students.

Use the dropdown menu below to access any previous year's list of Best Public College Values:

See Also: Past Years' Rankings of the Top Private College Values

2015: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Virginia
3. University of Florida
4. University of California, Berkeley
5. University of California, Los Angeles
6. University of Michigan
7. College of William and Mary
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
9. University of Maryland, College Park
10. University of Georgia
11. University of Washington
12. North Carolina State University
13. New College of Florida
14. University of Texas at Austin
15. Ohio State University
16. University of California, Santa Barbara
17. Georgia Institute of Technology
18. Binghamton University
19. Truman State University
20. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
21. James Madison University
22. Florida State University
23. College of New Jersey
24. SUNY Geneseo
25. Texas A&M University
26. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
27. Purdue University
28. University of Connecticut
29. Clemson University
30. University of California, Irvine
31. University of California, San Diego
32. University of Minnesota
33. Stony Brook University
34. University of Texas at Dallas
35. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
36. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
37. University of California, Davis
38. Baruch College (CUNY)
39. Appalachian State University
40. Indiana University
41. University of Delaware
42. University of Central Florida
43. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
44. University of Alabama
45. University of Buffalo
46. Hunter College (CUNY)
47. University of Pittsburgh
48. University of South Carolina
49. St. Mary's College of Maryland
50. Michigan State University
51. University of North Carolina at Asheville
52. University of South Florida
53. Queens College (CUNY)
54. University of Minnesota
55. Miami University
56. Pennsylvania State University at University Park
57. University of Missouri
58. University of Arkansas
59. University of Mississippi
60. SUNY New Paltz
61. Florida International University
62. University of Oklahoma
63. University of California, Santa Cruz
64. Louisiana State University
65. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
66. University of North Florida
67. Western Carolina University
68. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
69. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
70. Iowa State University
71. University of Masschusetts-Amherst
72. SUNY Oneonta
73. Oklahoma State University
74. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
75. California State University, Long Beach
76. University of Maryland, Baltimore
77. University of Louisville
78. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
79. Missouri University of Science and Technology
80. SUNY Plattsburgh
81. San Diego State University
82. Ramapo College of New Jersey
83. Purchase College
84. Salisbury University
85. Rowan University
86. University of Northern Iowa
87. Arizona State University
88. Auburn University
89. Christopher Newport University
90. Texas Tech University
91. Western Washington University
92. University of Mary Washington
93. Colorado State University
94. California State Polytechnic University
95. Temple University
96. SUNY Albany
97. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
98. SUNY Oswego
99. Illinois State University
100. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

2014: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2013: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2012: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2011: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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 & State University
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 University at University Park
45. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
46. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
47. SUNY Oneonta
48. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
49. Ramapo College of New Jersey
50. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
51. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, 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
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 of 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 University 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 University of Science and Technology
87. University of Minnesota, Morris
88. Bloomsburg University 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
95. Illinois State University
96. Auburn University
97. Florida International University
98. Washington State University
99. Millersville University of Pennsylvania
100. Georgia College & State University

2010: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2008: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2007: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2006: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2003: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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

2002: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Virginia
3. University of California, Berkeley
4. College of William and Mary (Va.)
5. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
6. University of Georgia
7. New College of Florida
8. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
9. University of Florida
10. Binghamton University (SUNY)
11. Georgia Institute of Technology
12. University of Wisconsin-Madison
13. University of California, Los Angeles
14. University of Delaware
15. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
16. University of California, San Diego
17. North Carolina State University
18. Pennsylvania State University, University Park
19. The College of New Jersey
20. Clemson University (S.C.)
21. University of North Carolina, Asheville
22. Florida State University
23. Truman State University
24. SUNY Geneseo
25. Mary Washington College (Va.)
26. University of Missouri, Columbia
27. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
28. University of Kansas
29. University of Texas, Austin
30. University of Maryland, College Park
31. University of Washington
32. Miami University (Ohio)
33. St. Mary's College of Maryland
34. University of California, Irvine
35. University of Iowa
36. University of Colorado, Boulder
37. Appalachian State University (N.C.)
38. James Madison University (Va.)
39. Ohio State University, Columbus
40. Murray State University (Ky.)
41. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
42. Purdue University (Ind.)
43. University of California, Davis
44. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
45. University of Missouri, Rolla
46. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus
47. Colorado School of Mines
48. University of Idaho
49. *School removed from list
50. Colorado State University
51. Iowa State University
52. *School removed from list
53. Texas A&M University
54. University of Tennessee
55. Salisbury University (Md.)
56. University of Missouri, Kansas City
57. Michigan Technological University
58. University of New Hampshire
59. Oklahoma State University
60. University of Utah
61. University of Central Florida
62. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
63. Michigan State University
64. University of Vermont
65. University of Oklahoma
66. University of Alabama
67. University at Albany (SUNY)
68. University of North Carolina, Wilmington
69. Mississippi University for Women
70. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
71. Kansas State University
72. Auburn University (Ala.)
73. University of South Carolina, Columbia
74. University of Connecticut
75. University of South Florida
76. SUNY New Paltz
77. University of California, Santa Barbara
78. Framingham State College (Mass.)
79. University of Kentucky
80. College of Charleston (S.C.)
81. University of Minnesota, Morris
82. University of Massachusetts, Boston
83. Arizona State University
84. *School removed from list
85. University of Arkansas
86. Washington State University
87. George Mason University
88. Florida International University
89. Oregon State University
90. San Diego State University
91. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
92. Towson University (Md.)
93. North Georgia College & State University
94. *School removed from list
95. University of Northern Iowa
96. Ohio University
97. University of Rhode Island
98. University of California, Santa Cruz
99. Mississippi State University
100. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

*North Carolina Central University, California State University-Fresno, Montclair State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Tech State University and Elizabeth City State University were removed from this year's rankings.

2000: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Virginia
3. College of William and Mary (Va.)
4. New College of the University of South Florida
5. Binghamton University (SUNY)
6. University of Wisconsin-Madison
7. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
8. University of California, Berkeley
9. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
10. University of California, San Diego
11. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
12. University of Florida
13. University of Washington
14. University of California, Los Angeles
15. University of Georgia
16. Georgia Institute of Technology
17. North Carolina State University
18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
19. Pennsylvania State University
20. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
21. Clemson University (S.C.)
22. University of Texas, Austin
23. Texas A&M University
24. University of Delaware
25. SUNY Geneseo
26. Mary Washington College (Va.)
27. University of Missouri, Columbia
28. Truman State University (Mo.)
29. James Madison University
30. University of California, Irvine
31. Iowa State University
32. University of Iowa
33. University of Maryland, College Park
34. University of Missouri, Rolla
35. College of New Jersey
36. St. Mary's College of Maryland
37. Colorado School of Mines
38. Appalachian State University (N.C.)
39. University of Kentucky
40. University of Kansas
41. Michigan State University
42. University of Mississippi
43. Florida State University
44. University of North Carolina, Wilmington
45. Purdue University (Ind.)
46. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
47. Miami University (Ohio)
48. Colorado State University
49. Michigan Technological University
50. University of Colorado, Boulder
51. Ohio State University, Columbus
52. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
53. University of South Carolina, Columbia
54. University of California, Davis
55. College of Charleston (S.C.)
56. University of North Carolina, Asheville
57. Mississippi State University
58. Richard Stockton College (N.J.)
59. California Polytechnic State University
60. University of Texas, Dallas
61. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
62. University of California, Santa Barbara
63. Oklahoma State University
64. University of Hawaii at Manoa
65. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
66. University of Arkansas
67. University at Albany (SUNY)
68. University of Missouri, Kansas City
69. University of Idaho
70. University of Minnesota, Morris
71. University of Pittsburgh (Pa.)
72. Kansas State University
73. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
74. Montclair State University (N.J.)
75. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Newark
76. University of California, Santa Cruz
77. University of Maine, Farmington
78. Auburn University (Ala.)
79. Indiana University, Bloomington
80. University of Connecticut
81. Salisbury University (Md.)
82. University of Arizona
83. University of Alabama
84. Eastern Illinois University
85. SUNY New Paltz
86. SUNY Oswego
87. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
88. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
89. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Camden
90. University of Maine
91. Oregon State University
92. University of Oregon
93. SUNY Fredonia
94. Millersville University of Pennsylvania
95. University of Vermont
96. Rowan University (N.J.)
97. Florida International University
98. University of Illinois, Chicago
99. University of New Hampshire
100. Towson University (Md.)

1998: 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Virginia
3. College of William and Mary (Va.)
4. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
5. University of Florida
6. University of Wisconsin-Madison
7. University of California, Berkeley
8. University of California, Los Angeles
9. Georgia Institute of Technology
10. Binghamton University (SUNY)
11. SUNY Geneseo
12. University of Texas, Austin
13. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
14. College of New Jersey
15. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
16. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
17. University of Washington
18. Florida International University
19. Pennsylvania State University
20. University of Georgia
21. New College of the University of South Florida
22. Mary Washington College (Va.)
23. Michigan Technological University
24. James Madison University (Va.)
25. University of Maryland, College Park
26. University of Missouri, Columbia
26. Colorado State University
28. University of Iowa
28. North Carolina State University
30. Miami University (Ohio)
31. University of California, Davis
32. Indiana University, Bloomington
33. Appalachian State University (N.C.)
34. University of Colorado, Boulder
35. University of Minnesota, Morris
36. University of Delaware
37. St. Mary's College of Maryland
38. Ohio University
39. Washington State University
40. Texas A&M University
40. University of California
42. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Camden
43. Eastern Illinois University
44. University of Hawaii, Manoa
45. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
46. University of California, Irvine
47. Florida State University
48. University of Kansas
49. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Newark
50. University at Albany (SUNY)
51. University of Connecticut
52. University of California, Riverside
53. Michigan State University
54. Iowa State University
55. University of Kentucky
56. Truman State University (Mo.)
56. Salisbury University (Md.)
58. Clemson University (S.C.)
59. Kansas State University
60. Colorado School of Mines
61. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
62. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
63. University of Idaho
64. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
65. Purdue University (Ind.)
66. University of Texas, Dallas
67. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
68. University of Alabama
69. University of New Mexico
70. University of Missouri, Rolla
70. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
72. SUNY Fredonia
73. Lousiana State University and A&M
74. Oklahoma State University
74. University of New Hampshire
76. University of Oklahoma
77. University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
78. University of Northern Iowa
79. SUNY Oswego
80. College of Charleston (S.C.)
80. Mississippi State University
82. Ohio State University, Columbus
82. University of Oregon
84. Auburn University (Ala.)
85. University of North Dakota
86. University of California, Santa Cruz
87. Millersville University of Pennsylvania
87. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
89. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
90. New Jersey Institute of Technology
91. SUNY Plattsburgh
92. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
93. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
94. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus
95. University of Maine
96. Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
96. West Virginia University
98. University of Vermont
99. Towson University (Md.)
100. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania