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Posted at 5:03 PM ET, 01/ 4/2010

U-Va, U-Md at College Park, William & Mary among Kiplinger’s top 10 best values in public higher ed

By Valerie Strauss

The new year has just begun and already we have the first of what is sure to be a mountain of lists ranking schools in one way or another.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which offers financial advice, today released its newest list of what it says are the best values in public higher education.

The Kiplinger folks looked at different measures involving academic excellence and cost, and came up with their list. As has been true every year since Kiplinger’s began making these lists in 1998, the top spot goes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Following are the top 10, and you can see a lot more here, complete with sortable rankings.

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

According to Kiplinger, 39 of the top 100 public schools charge about the same or less than about $15,000--and deals are also available to out of state students.

Five Maryland schools made the top 100. Along with College Park are:

St. Mary's College of Maryland - # 37
Salisbury University - # 59
University of Maryland, Baltimore - # 93
Towson University - # 97

Late last year Kiplinger released its top values in private higher ed, where average annual costs are about $36,000, the organization reported.

While it is hard to imagine that schools with a sticker price of almost $50,000 a year can be considered a great value, following are the top schools on that list (and here you can find more):

1. California Institute of Technology
2. Princeton University
3. Yale University
4. Rice University
5. Harvard University
6. Duke University
7. Columbia University
8. University of Pennsylvania
9. Dartmouth College
10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 4, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
Categories:  Higher Education  | Tags:  education costs, higher education  
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So it's finally time to raise tuition at UMD after four years of being frozen.

Posted by: postisarag | January 5, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

The list 1-10 appear as active links, but are broken.

Posted by: andyinbethesda | January 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Since we're making lists, we should point out that six Virginia schools made the list. These are the other Virginia schools in the top 100:

Virginia Tech, #16

James Madison, #21

Mary Washington, #38, and

George Mason, #64

Posted by: postfan1 | January 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. Keeping university tuition is important so it's good that 39 out of the 100 universities ranked have a tuition for in-state students which is $15,000 or less.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | January 5, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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