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Kiplinger: 10 Best Public College Values, 2013

5. University of Maryland, College Park

Undergrad enrollment: 26,775
Student-faculty ratio: 18:1
Graduation rate: 4-yr., 66%; 6-yr., 82%
Annual in-state cost: $19,931
Annual out-of-state cost: $38,310
Avg. debt at graduation: $24,180

Maryland has climbed steadily in our rankings. Now the home of the Terrapins holds the fifth spot. Some credit goes to a four-year tuition freeze, which ended in 2010 but helped Maryland leap-frog its tuition-raising peers. In-staters pay an average of $12,499 after need. The 2014-15 academic year will see Maryland leave the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten. The change promises to affect both athletic match-ups and gain UMD entry into the Big Ten's Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 15 schools that share resources, such as library materials, study abroad programs and research opportunities.

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