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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

11 public colleges in Va., Md. called great values

By Valerie Strauss

Public colleges and universities in Maryland and Virginia did especially well in a new ranking by Kiplinger of best values in public higher education.

Virginia has six schools in the top 100--including two in the top 10--and Maryland has five in the top 100, with one in the top 10.

The newly released list shows the University of Maryland at College Park jumping from No. 28 in 2008 to No. 8 overall for 2010.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which offers financial advice, looked at different measures involving academic excellence and cost to decide on their top values.

As has been true every year since Kiplinger’s began making these lists in 1998, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won the top spot. It was followed by the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary (Va.), Binghamton University (part of the State University of New York system), the University of Georgia, the University of Washington, the University of Maryland-College Park, SUNY Geneseo and North Carolina State University.

Kiplinger noted that the University of Maryland at College Park jumped up the list by improving quality--especially graduation rates--while keeping in-state tuition down.

The four other Virginia schools were:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute - #16
James Madison University - #21
University of Mary Washington - #38
George Mason University - #64

Five Maryland schools made the top 100. Along with College Park, they were:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland - # 37
Salisbury University - # 59
University of Maryland, Baltimore County- # 93
Towson University - # 97

St. Mary’s, which is located in Southern Maryland along the St. Mary’s River, ranked second among Maryland public colleges and universities and fourth among all public liberal arts colleges in the country.

New York has 10 public schools on the list; California has eight.

You can learn more about the school of your choice here, with Kiplinger’s interactive comparison tool.

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 7, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  Kiplingers, cost of education  
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The greatest College bargin in the country is Berea College in Kentucky. There is no tuition at all and a big part of Virginia is in the territory they draw their student body from, so check it out.

Posted by: todendorfer | January 8, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults. It's good that the universities in the Mid-Atlantic rank inside the 100 range because they have agreeable tuition while the universities also have a good academic standard, including a higher than average graduation rate.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | January 8, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The writer about Berea is right. I visited that college this summer and was amazed at
how wonderful it was and the quality programs they offer. A beautiful and friendly town as well.

Posted by: happy2bhere | January 8, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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