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The Ten Best Values in Private Universities, Public Universities, and Liberal Arts Colleges

Kiplingers magazine has released its annual list of the best values in American universities. The criteria used by Kiplingers include cost and financial aid (31.25%), competitiveness including admissions rates (25%), academic support including freshman retention rates (12.5%), graduation rates over four years (18.75%), and student indebtedness (12.5%). Institutions which excelled using these criteria follow. Top Test Prep makes an annual assessment on the best values in college educations so as to help our loyal readers make decisions when applying to colleges.

Best Values in Private Universities:
1. Princeton
2. Yale
3. California Institute of Technology
4. Rice
5. Harvard
6. University of Pennsylvania
7. Duke
8. Columbia
9. MIT
10. Stanford

Best Values in Public Universities:
1. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2. University of Florida, Gainesville
3. University of Virginia, Charlottesville
4. College of William and Mary
5. New College of Florida
6. University of Georgia
7. University of California, Berkeley
8. University of Maryland, College Park
9. University of California, Los Angeles
10. University of California, San Diego

Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges:
1. Pomona
2. Washington and Lee
3. Swarthmore
4. Williams
5. Davidson
6. Hamilton
7. Vassar
8. Wellesley
9. Bowdoin
10. Amherst

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