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Princeton Review College Ranking
7 Schools Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges
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Show/Hide The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC save school
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It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigo...

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Average GPA - 4.56

Middle 50% Math score - 610-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 590-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 18370

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Show/Hide University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA save school
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There is much to love about the University of Virginia, one of the country’s top public universities. Just to name a few: “Tradition, student self-governance, the honor system, the access to world renowned professors, [and] the beauty of the architecture.” The school’s affordable in-state tuition g...

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Average GPA - 4.22

Middle 50% Math score - 630-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 16087

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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

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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

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Show/Hide University of Wisconsin-Madison   save school
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As a “nationally renowned” “top public university” that many call “the best college in the Midwest,” the University of Wisconsin’s primary campus at Madison offers a “great school for [a] good price.” UW—Madison offers a stunning array of resources: over 5,000 classes, more than 2,000 professors, a...

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Average GPA - 3.81

Middle 50% Math score - 620-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 31319

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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

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Show/Hide University of Georgia Athens, GA save school
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As at many large universities, UGA has a “mixed bag of professors,” but there are “more good teachers” than bad. Though students don’t love the core cur­riculum classes due to their large size and the prevalence of TAs, “once [you’re] in your particular program, the teachers are outstanding and eas...

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Average GPA - 3.86

Middle 50% Math score - 580-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 570-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 26278