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Princeton Review College Ranking
50 Schools Best Value Colleges for 2011 – Public
Show/Hide Appalachian State University Boone, NC save school
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From the top down, Appalachian strives to be the very best it can be, satisfied students at this midsize state university tell us. They report that the school accomplishes this end by hiring "open and accessible administrators" and "caring and stimulating professors" as well as by offering "challen...

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Average GPA - 4.05

Middle 50% Math score - 530-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-610

Middle 50% Writing score - 500-600

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-28

Total Enrollment - 16025

Show/Hide California State University--Long Beach   save school
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California State University—Long Beach is “very large and diverse,” “affordable to virtually anyone,” and “geared toward preparing students to enter the real world.” There are eight colleges and tons of majors. “The academic experience at this school is what you make of it,” says a political scienc...

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Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 480-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 460-560

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-25

Total Enrollment - 30474

Show/Hide City University of New York--Hunter College   save school
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Hunter boasts an “outstanding” reputation based in part on its ability to offer “a solid education at an affordable price” and “exposure to New York City.” Students who like to challenge the status quo will find a home here. In Hunter classrooms, “Diversity of thought is not only tolerated, but enc...

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Middle 50% Math score - 550-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Total Enrollment - 16689

Show/Hide College of William and Mary   save school
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Students at The College of William & Mary are extraordinarily happy with their overall experience and with their academics in particular. One student sums up the school’s vibe by saying, “William & Mary achieves a remarkable balance between the dynamic, progressive academics of a liberal arts colle...

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Average GPA - 4.12

Middle 50% Math score - 630-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 640-740

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 6271

Show/Hide Florida State University Tallahassee, FL save school
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Florida State University is “a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search.” In addition to its strong academics, students tended to choose FSU for its “sports teams”—the Florida State Seminoles—the “great weather,” an...

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Average GPA - 3.88

Middle 50% Math score - 550-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 32528

Show/Hide Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA save school
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There are “a lot of wealthy students on campus,” and preppy-casual is the fashion de rigueur; this is “definitely not a ‘granola’ school,” but students from diverse backgrounds are typically welcomed by people wanting to learn about different experiences. Indeed, everyone here is well-traveled and ...

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Average GPA - 3.95

Middle 50% Math score - 670-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 14558

Show/Hide Iowa State University Ames, IA save school
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More than 28,000 students come together in Ames to get degrees in more than 100 majors, successfully giving off “a small-school feel with a big-university atmosphere.” Science and technology are the main draws at this research univer­sity, but this “welcoming and friendly environment” treats all of...

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Average GPA - 3.55

Middle 50% Math score - 530-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 460-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 27659

Show/Hide James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA save school
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James Madison University has a reputation as “a school that values education, respect, and integrity.” The university boasts “one of the best BA programs for musical theater on the East Coast,” and an “amazing” business school. A communication major says, “James Madison offered a positive, enrichin...

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Average GPA - 3.8

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-27

Total Enrollment - 17900

Show/Hide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI save school
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The size of Michigan State University “scares some people,” students tell us, but for those comfortable in crowds it’s “one of the strongest advantages. Where else do you cut through the Cereal Wing of the Human Nutrition Building to get to a Navigating the Universe class (a class on the parallels ...

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Average GPA - 3.62

Middle 50% Math score - 550-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 420-580

Middle 50% Writing score - 460-580

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 37988

Show/Hide New College of Florida   save school
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New College of Florida, a uniquely small and unconventional public institu­tion, “provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their academic choices.” It’s all about “self-directed learning” here (working closely with faculty advisers, “th...

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Average GPA - 3.92

Middle 50% Math score - 570-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-30

Total Enrollment - 793

Show/Hide New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology Socorro, NM save school
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Central Connecticut State University is a small, "affordable" school that offers students lots of strong majors and plenty of support. A music major says the school provides "An intense but nurturing environment that fosters intellectualism, culture, and independence in its students." Education, cr...

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Average GPA - 3.68

Middle 50% Math score - 570-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-29

Total Enrollment - 1604

Show/Hide North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC save school
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The “largest and most diverse” of North Carolina’s public university system, NC State provides undergrads with a “high level education” and “great value.” The campus rings with a “welcoming, down-to-earth” vibe and “Wolfpack pride” is certainly infectious. Moreover, the university maintains “opport...

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Average GPA - 4.42

Middle 50% Math score - 590-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 24536

Show/Hide St. Mary's College of Maryland St Marys City, MD save school
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Undergrads at St. Mary’s College of Maryland proudly boast, from the moment you step onto campus your freshman year, “You are instantly part of a family.” Indeed there’s an “immense sense of community” here, and it’s no surprise that a “friendly atmosphere” reverberates throughout the school. Impor...

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Average GPA - 0

Middle 50% Math score - 530-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 1819

Show/Hide State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY save school
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Known to students as being “one of the top public universities of the region,” SUNY Binghamton provides a “high-quality education at a low financial cost.” Indeed, it’s tough to beat Binghamton’s combination of “top-tier academics” and palatable sticker price. The university strives to help student...

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Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 620-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 583-675

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-30

Total Enrollment - 12997

Show/Hide State University of New York at Geneseo   save school
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Undergrads at SUNY Geneseo laud their university for offering “an outstand­ing education [at] an affordable price.” With the combined “top-notch” academ­ics and “small-town feel,” it’s no wonder so many students “feel at home” the minute they set foot on the campus. Indeed, Geneseo provides a “clos...

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Average GPA - 3.69

Middle 50% Math score - 597.5-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-29

Total Enrollment - 5504

Show/Hide State University of New York--Stony Brook University   save school
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Students at Stony Brook University get all the advantages of a “premiere science and research university,” while also benefiting from the diverse atmosphere and low tuition costs of a large public institution. The school has a “great reputation in science and engineering,” as well as strong pre-med...

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Average GPA - 3.756

Middle 50% Math score - 600-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-650

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 16107

Show/Hide Texas A&M University--College Station   save school
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The “untold spirit at Texas A&M” lies in its tradition, which is “the underlying pulse of Aggieland.” This large research school has “deep-rooted values” and “runs as a tight-knit family despite the numerous population.” This strong fam­ily dynamic makes the school an “open, friendly place to learn...

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Middle 50% Math score - 550-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-630

Middle 50% Writing score - 490-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-29

Total Enrollment - 44072

Show/Hide The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ save school
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The College of New Jersey is a small public college dedicated to education and to the pursuit of passions, all at an affordable price. Each of TCNJ’s “excellent” seven schools offers “an awesome range of classes to choose from” (it is “one of the best schools in the area for future teachers,” in pa...

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Middle 50% Math score - 580-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-670

Total Enrollment - 6653

Show/Hide The Ohio State University--Columbus   save school
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Opportunities abound at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Located “in a growing city,” OSU has the distinction of being one of the largest schools in the United States. The “amazing opportunities” that come from such a large campus extend beyond the classrooms, “both academically and sociall...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-660

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 44201

Show/Hide The University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC save school
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Undergrads at UNC—Asheville rave about their top-notch academic experi­ence. Professors are “devoted and passionate [about] their fields of study, and it shows in the classroom.” Importantly, “even though you may not be totally fascinated by the subject initially, the professors’ enthusiasm for eac...

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Average GPA - 4.05

Middle 50% Math score - 550-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-650

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-27

Total Enrollment - 3693

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