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80 Schools Best Value Colleges for 2014 – Public
Show/Hide City University of New York--Brooklyn College   save school get a brochure
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Brooklyn College “is the perfect representative of Brooklyn as a borough and [of] success in the community,” an institution that, like its home borough, “educates its students in an environment that reflects diversity, opportunity (study abroad, research, athletics, employment), and support.” “Laud...

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Average GPA - 3.28

Middle 50% Math score - 510-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-570

Total Enrollment - 13596

Show/Hide State University of New York--Oswego   save school get a brochure
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An "excellent business program," a strong education program, a "successful honors program," and "good study-abroad options" highlight the academic offerings of SUNY-Oswego. Professors seem focused on creating a "personal and comfortable learning environment" for undergraduates. Oswego profs are "kn...

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Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 520-590

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-26

Total Enrollment - 7328

Show/Hide The University of Texas at Dallas   save school get a brochure
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Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its 11,000 or so undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individu­als.” UTD has “one of the best tech schools around” and draws a go...

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Middle 50% Math score - 600-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-660

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-31

Total Enrollment - 13049

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 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA save school
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Named for an English seaman, Christopher Newport University (located in the Hamptons Roads area of Virginia) is a liberal arts college that runs on a “determi­nation for student success.” The small school’s “modern outlook on education” is matched by its modern facilities (CNU is averaging one new ...

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Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 5094

Show/Hide City University of New York--Baruch College   save school get a brochure
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Baruch College consists of three schools, and although its School of Arts and Sciences and School of Public Affairs are both fine, it’s the Zicklin School of Business that garners nearly all the attention here (as well over three-quarters of the student body). Zicklin offers a “very demanding busin...

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Average GPA - 3.21

Middle 50% Math score - 600-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 530-630

Total Enrollment - 14082

Show/Hide City University of New York--City College   save school
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As the first school of the City University of New York system, CCNY “stands for growth, education, and creativity.” Many students choose the school due to its “astonishingly low cost” and proximity to home, and its practicality is backed up by “rigorous academic programs.” “I fell in love with the ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 520-580

Middle 50% Verbal score - 450-510

Total Enrollment - 12629

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 City University of New York--Queens College   save school
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As a senior college of the City University of New York, Queens College is an edu­cational institution for locals. The large, diverse university sits upon seventy-seven acres in the middle of Flushing, and offers (mainly locals and commuters) the chance to get a degree that is “affordable without sa...

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Middle 50% Math score - 540-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 477-570

Middle 50% Writing score - 460-570

Total Enrollment - 15351

Show/Hide Clemson University Clemson, SC save school get a brochure
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Located in South Carolina, legendary sports stronghold Clemson University is “all about supporting its academics as well as its athletic teams.” This public university is an AACC school that can provide “many opportunities to each student, no matter the major.” The “incredible energy” surrounding C...

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Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 16931

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 Indiana University--Bloomington   save school
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Indiana University—Bloomington focuses on creating well-rounded students who will be successful in and after college. This large state school challenges its students academically, but it “creates a fun collegiate environment, as well.” “Academics and school spirit are its specialties!” says one stu...

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Average GPA - 3.62

Middle 50% Math score - 540-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-630

Middle 50% Writing score - 510-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-30

Total Enrollment - 36862

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 Longwood University   save school
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Longwood University offers "small class sizes and one-on-one time with professors" in an "intimate atmosphere" that "gives you the best chance to succeed in your field of choice." A senior says, "If you are looking for a rigorous academic career, you will be challenged with one," and all agree that...

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Average GPA - 3.39

Middle 50% Math score - 470-560

Middle 50% Verbal score - 480-570

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-24

Total Enrollment - 4355

Show/Hide Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge   save school
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At Louisiana State University’s flagship campus, you’ll find “outstanding aca­demics combined with a great college life.” Some students here opt for only the latter as for many, “LSU is about football and partying.” “Those who wish to apply themselves,” however, “have ample opportunity and resource...

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Average GPA - 3.45

Middle 50% Math score - 510-625

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-600

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 24923

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

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