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NC State Rises on Best Value List

NC State moved up two more notches on the Princeton Review/USA Today list of the best values in public higher education, ranking No. 4 nationally on the 2014 list of colleges that emphasize high academic standards, low tuition and ample financial aid.

An education services company, Princeton Review chose its “Best Value Colleges” based on 30 factors using data from the company’s surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges with strong academic programs. The data was collected during the 2012-13 school year.

NC State jumped ahead of UCLA and the College of William and Mary to capture the fourth-place spot this year. The university ranked sixth last year. It didn’t make the top 10 list in 2012 and ranked No. 9 in 2011.

The Princeton Review’s top 10 values in public higher education are:

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. New College of Florida (Sarasota)
3. University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
4. North Carolina State University
5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
6. University of California–Los Angeles
7. University of Florida–Gainesville
8. College of William and Mary
9. Truman State University–Kirksville, Mo.
10. State University of New York–Binghamton

Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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  • Ted McGavran

    This has to be good news for the folks up at the NC Dept. of Commerce and the Governor’s office. To have the 2 major research schools in this top 4 does nothing but good things for the state. We need to build on this success!

  • Greg Gaertner

    Congratulations to the leadership and faculty at NCSU. They have done an excellent job and this recognition is proof. It is also nice for us alumni to see the recognition but we have been aware of the great value of an NCSU education all along! Way to go, Pack!

  • Tom Fisher

    North Carolina public universities remain a bargain, even though the Republicans keep trying to negate the state constitutional requirement for low cost education access for North Carolinians. Article 9 section 9 of the constitution calls for tuition to be as ” low as practable” . NC is the only state with a constitutional requirement for low tuition.

  • Bethaney Lewis

    One day, we will rise above UNC! Go Wolfpack!

  • elizabeth

    I am a parent of an NC State student. I have been thrilled with my sons experience at State. All of it is awesome. I am happy to see the school get the recognition it so rightfully deserves. Truth be told, they deserve to be at the top of this list. Thats how amazing State is!

  • Janay Graham

    Go Pack!!!

  • jeff

    Glad to see 2 local schools on the list. hopefully none of the recent changes in the latest legislation session will cause the schools to drop off of the list.

  • David

    As a graduate with degrees from both UNC and NC State, I couldn’t be prouder of what the faculty and leadership has done to provide the education to move our country continuously forward.

  • Sarah Wall

    As a parent with twins in college one at UNC Chapel Hill and one at NCSU I am very proud of both schools. I would like to give a special shout out to NCSU as being parent and student friendly. NCSU really takes a personal interest in their students and their success. Love you both UNC and NCSU. Next year two schools may tie for top spot.

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