UNC-Chapel Hill is the #1 Best Value According to Kiplinger's

Jan. 2007 - UNC ranks 1st on Kiplinger's list of best academic values for 6th straight time

Carolina ranks number one on the list of best values among the nation’s top 100 public universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. It’s the sixth consecutive time UNC-Chapel Hill has topped the magazine’s list.

Kiplinger’s defines “value” as the best “combination of outstanding academic quality plus an affordable price tag.”

The February issue, which hit newsstands this week, lists the University of Florida second, the College of William and Mary third and the University of Virginia fourth.

Kiplinger's story reports, "Tar Heel students pay $13,584 or less and get small classes, a top-notch faculty and a supportive environment that enables 84% of students to earn a degree within six years. That winning formula attracts top students from both in and out of state."

The magazine's analysis stresses academic quality first, then ranks each school based on cost and financial aid.

"UNC-Chapel Hill offers talented students the opportunity to learn in a high-quality academic environment," says Chancellor James Moeser. “We are committed to making a Carolina degree possible for qualified students regardless of their financial means.”

Carolina has long been a leader in making a quality education financially affordable. The magazine notes UNC’s success in meeting 100 percent of each student’s financial need. It also highlights the Carolina Covenant, the nationally recognized program at UNC that provides a debt-free education to qualified low-income students.

The Covenant was a first for a major public university when it was announced in 2003, and it has been the model for more than two dozen other private and public campuses developing similar programs.

The university's student retention and graduation rates are among the nation's best, and Carolina ranks first among public research universities for the highest rate of undergraduates studying abroad.

UNC students also have successfully competed for top national and international scholarships and fellowships. Most recently, two Morehead Scholars – Adrian Johnston and Ben Lundin – were named Rhodes Scholars.

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