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UAlbany is Ranked by Kiplinger's as One of 100 ‘Best Value’ Schools

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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 10, 2011) -- Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has ranked the University at Albany the 43rd best public education value for out-of-state students and the 73rd best value for in-state students for 2011, based on data provided by more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. In Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges, schools were ranked for their combination of excellence in academics and affordability.

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UAlbany students studying at the library.

"Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's. "Schools like these on the Kiplinger 100 list prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education—and without a huge cloud of debt."  The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2011 issue – on newsstands now – and online.

Included in the criteria for ranking the colleges were test scores of incoming freshmen, admission rates, freshman retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates. The magazine also rated access to financial aid, including total cost for in-state students (tuition, fees, room and board, and books), average cost for a student with need, average percentage of need met by aid, and average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

To calculate out-of-state rankings, Kiplinger's concentrated on academic quality and costs using total out-of-state tuition and expenses and average costs after aid.

The magazine says that web visitors will find special interactive features, including a reader's choice poll, a slideshow of the top 10 schools, and data that can be sorted by criteria such as state, tuition cost, average debt, student/faculty ratio, and admission rate. It notes that "Parents and college-bound students can dive into dozens of quality and affordability measures for each of the 100 schools on the list."

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