Do you have kids that are nearing college age? If so, you might be interested in this… It's Princeton Review's list of the best value colleges for 2012.
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Schools are ranked on quality of undergraduate academics, costs to attend (including room and board), and financial aid availability. The key to ranking high is thus to provide a top notch education while keeping things affordable, either through low tuition or generous aid packages.
Here are the top 10 public schools:
- UNC Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
- University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
- New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)
- SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)
- University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
- College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
- University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
- University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
- University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
- University of Texas at Austin
And here are the top 10 private schools:
- Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
- Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
- Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
- Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
- Rice University (Houston, TX)
- Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
- Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
- Yale University (New Haven, CT)
- California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
- Hamilton College (Hamilton, NY)
Overall, they ranked the top 150 schools (75 public and 75 private) from an initial list of 650 institutions with a reputation for having excellent academics.
What do you think? Do you give lists like this much weight? There are certainly a number of excellent schools listed above, both public and private. Is your undergrad alma mater on the list? Mine isn't… But I still turned out okay.
The original article can be found at FiveCentNickel.com:The Best Values in Colleges - 2012 Edition