The Best Values in Colleges - 2012 Edition

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.

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:

  1. UNC Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  2. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  3. New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)
  4. SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)
  5. University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
  6. College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  7. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  8. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
  9. University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  10. University of Texas at Austin

And here are the top 10 private schools:

  1. Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  2. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  3. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  4. Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
  5. Rice University (Houston, TX)
  6. Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  7. Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
  8. Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  9. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  10. 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 Best Values in Colleges - 2012 Edition