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Kiplinger: 10 Best Public College Values, 2013

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergrad enrollment: 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: $17,525

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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