: 18,430 Student-faculty ratio
: 14:1 Graduation rate
: 4-yr., 77%; 6-yr., 90% Annual in-state cost
: $18,609 Annual out-of-state cost
: $39,361 Avg. debt at graduation
UNC Chapel Hill is our number-one public college for the 12th time. Why is it a perennial Kiplinger winner? Credit its stellar academics, reasonable sticker price and generous financial aid. UNC's 77% four-year graduation rate trounces the 31% national average, and its 31% admission rate (the percentage of applicants who are accepted out of those who apply) makes it one of the most competitive schools on our list. Non-Carolinians can also take advantage of a superior value -- UNC is number two in our out-of-state rankings, behind SUNY Geneseo.
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