Kiplinger Magazine has come out with their latest rankings of the best values in public colleges. As I have said each time these new rankings come out, don’t worry about who is number 1 versus number 3 when trying to rank colleges. The colleges and universities listed are among the best public colleges for their financial aid policies.
The rankings include both information on quality measures and financial measures. Quality measures include the admission rate, median SAT scores, student faculty ratio and graduation rates for each college. The financial measures include the cost of each college after need based aid is considered, the percent of aid from grants and the average debt of graduating students.