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Kiplinger's Best College Values

SEE ALSO: College Finder Map|SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2015

Sort and compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by critical cost and financial-aid metrics. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name for a complete data sheet.

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Public Colleges

Rank
(in-
state)
Rank
(out-of-
state)
Name
State
Admit rate
4-yr-
grad rate
Total cost
per yr. (in-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(in-
state)
Total cost
per yr.
(out-of-
state)
Cost after need-
based aid
(out-of-
state)
Avg.
debt at
graduation
3140University of California, San DiegoCA38%57%$31,245 $13,456$54,123$36,334$21,653
5668Penn State University ParkPA556529,78223,05342,73236,00335,430
4734University of PittsburghPA546429,74222,10140,13832,49734,623
46University of California, BerkeleyCA187229,6406,54154,27031,17117,468
3757University of California, DavisCA415129,58412,96552,46235,84319,970
63100University of California, Santa CruzCA525029,56511,07652,44333,95422,523
1630University of California, Santa BarbaraCA406829,38511,39652,26334,27420,452
75The College of William and MaryVA338329,25015,83350,95437,53724,400
3050University of California, IrvineCA416829,12711,14852,00534,02620,728
2316The College of New JerseyNJ437327,90116,26538,51426,87832,362
3622University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignIL626827,65016,09342,27630,71924,657
511University of California, Los AngelesCA206927,1288,51050,17131,55320,229
4333Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New BrunswickNJ605727,01214,58141,79029,35924,284
4941St. Mary's College of MarylandMD737126,75415,46641,60430,31624,624
5531Miami UniversityOH676826,64618,58242,75334,68927,181
9595Temple UniversityPA643926,43419,67736,46029,70334,382
8281Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ555926,33816,03334,98824,68330,755
7179University of Massachusetts AmherstMA635925,90016,46141,45532,01628,999
2826University of ConnecticutCT546825,62417,30645,80437,48624,600
8574Rowan UniversityNJ594925,52216,75933,47624,71331,526
10099The Richard Stockton College of New JerseyNJ624225,31917,09331,84023,61433,944
4154University of DelawareDE636925,01016,48843,36034,83832,571
613University of MichiganMI337624,78010,90153,20039,32127,163
22University of VirginiaVA308624,5205,88553,70635,07121,815
1128University of WashingtonWA555824,43310,43345,55231,55221,263
9997Illinois State UniversityIL694624,08214,54831,67222,13829,121
7876The University of TennesseeTN723723,75415,08942,21433,54923,729
8882Auburn UniversityAL833823,57816,46940,76233,65327,146
3821Baruch College of the City University of New YorkNY273923,43316,30633,45326,3269,949
5078Michigan State UniversityMI695023,41414,38945,17936,15425,821
8173San Diego State UniversityCA373323,37313,37334,53324,53318,100
327University of Minnesota, Twin Cities CampusMN445523,18014,26230,43021,51228,384
8983Christopher Newport UniversityVA595023,17817,49933,50627,82727,324
1724Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA414123,02813,75842,33233,06225,027
2938Clemson UniversitySC575922,94218,94940,95836,96534,114
189Binghamton University, State University of New YorkNY426922,64815,12734,28826,76723,912
3436The University of Texas at DallasTX594622,54814,46542,07033,98720,504
4562University at Buffalo, the State University of New YorkNY575222,43517,30035,85530,72016,105
9284University of Mary WashingtonVA816622,32615,15535,61228,44115,626
8372Purchase College, State University of New YorkNY335022,31215,57731,96225,22725,159
7660University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMD633722,14614,70234,44427,00022,603
1439The University of Texas at AustinTX405122,03613,32347,04238,32925,300
9696University at Albany, State University of New YorkNY565621,75314,75833,39326,39825,729
9488California State Polytechnic University, PomonaCA531021,68812,65132,84823,81120,636
4853University of South CarolinaSC645421,57616,60339,85834,88525,711
9398Colorado State UniversityCO773821,52513,25137,70529,43123,726
4090Indiana University BloomingtonIN725821,38110,97244,23433,82527,619
2752Purdue UniversityIN604221,2429,66440,04428,46629,121
8792Arizona State University at the Tempe campusAZ803821,22712,85635,57327,20221,137
914University of Maryland, College ParkMD476621,19012,89541,48333,18825,254
1510The Ohio State UniversityOH565921,13512,10337,63528,60326,472
5420University of Minnesota, MorrisMN585021,11011,34321,11011,34324,313
2635Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA706121,07114,58337,10230,61426,925
9891State University of New York at OswegoNY494021,07114,46630,72124,11626,946
7943Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMO822521,07014,10733,92426,96121,659
6480Louisiana State UniversityLA754021,05411,78238,77129,49921,613
3325Stony Brook University, State University of New YorkNY394520,97813,43234,39826,85223,089
1018University of GeorgiaGA555820,88212,02839,09230,23820,254
8458Salisbury UniversityMD554720,48014,94228,82623,28823,545
11The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC278120,4126,33245,49431,41417,602
243State University of New York College at GeneseoNY536720,29214,69929,94224,34920,790
84University of Wisconsin–MadisonWI515620,21010,82036,46027,07025,664
9177Western Washington UniversityWA843820,10511,06831,54722,51021,173
9794Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsMA673819,98813,86328,93322,80828,109
5763University of MissouriMO794719,93311,67034,96026,69724,875
8070State University of New York at PlattsburghNY464119,92113,72829,57123,37826,894
7251State University of New York College at OneontaNY435319,86815,15929,51824,80915,373
6071State University of New York at New PaltzNY445019,80315,05729,45324,70725,741
5337Queens College of the City University of New YorkNY362519,72513,72528,54522,54514,000
2542Texas A&M UniversityTX695119,70110,56636,87827,74325,223
7547California State University, Long BeachCA351419,50813,08125,19618,769NA
4448The University of AlabamaAL574319,40610,85433,90625,35428,508
1215North Carolina State UniversityNC474119,4029,82134,65725,07619,530
2129James Madison UniversityVA616519,36611,80634,22626,66623,562
6255University of OklahomaOK803519,34112,37232,11525,14622,140
7785University of LouisvilleKY712519,14210,74233,03024,63021,742
6864University of Nebraska–LincolnNE643219,08112,31633,00126,23623,951
5844University of ArkansasAR593719,06412,27131,15424,36124,111
9086Texas Tech UniversityTX663318,91311,87529,77322,73523,838
6165Florida International UniversityFL432118,59112,77830,99025,17717,893
7493West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPA524418,38613,06828,83623,51830,396
5966University of MississippiMS593618,20411,05630,25223,10425,613
4627Hunter College of the City University of New YorkNY312217,81911,27227,38920,84213,000
2219Florida State UniversityFL575717,71413,76832,88128,93523,782
38University of FloridaFL476417,23310,35939,51132,63720,708
7356Oklahoma State UniversityOK763417,18210,66929,76723,25422,541
6667University of North FloridaFL532117,06911,42130,78725,13917,617
4269University of Central FloridaFL493616,81412,09232,91328,19123,186
5232University of South FloridaFL453616,81010,83127,72521,74622,719
1323New College of FloridaFL695716,8037,11739,83130,14517,927
8689University of Northern IowaIA833716,69512,13626,59322,034NA
3545The University of North Carolina WilmingtonNC575216,62910,94130,65724,96923,575
7059Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyIA853816,6049,99729,49022,88329,898
1912Truman State UniversityMO725416,5419,90222,60515,96623,761
5149University of North Carolina at AshevilleNC693716,0759,32830,94624,19917,696
6775Western Carolina UniversityNC393215,2559,27225,64819,66520,273
6561University of Wisconsin–La CrosseWI763615,0059,25722,57816,83026,072
3946Appalachian State UniversityNC664214,9287,37228,09520,53920,467
2017New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNM321914,6588,84926,58620,77719,880
6987University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK622712,3004,73520,34012,77523,964
Cost Data - through November 15, 2014.
NA - Information not available.
* Percentage of 2013-14 freshman class that scored 600 or higher on verbal/math SATs or 24 or higher on ACT.
SOURCE - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. Copyright © 2014 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.