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Best Value Colleges for 2010

Best Value Colleges for 2010

USA Today © 2010 YellowBrix, Inc.

March 31, 2010

Top 10 PUBLIC

1. University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

“The wealth of academic and extracurricular activities available here is paralleled at just a handful of schools around the country. While class sizes can be large, and getting into the courses you want can be difficult, students rave about their engaging and inspiring professors.”

2. City University of New York – Hunter College (New York, N.Y.)

“For many New Yorkers seeking a college degree, Hunter College (within the CUNY system) offers the best, most affordable option available. In many ways, a Hunter education is a no-frills experience.”

3. New College of Florida (Sarasota)

“Attracting a community of self-motivated students who are comfortable with independent work, NCF is a public honors college where students work closely with individual faculty members and enjoy incredible academic freedom. Classes are small and interactive, and professors provide narrative evaluations rather than grades.”

4. Florida State University (Tallahassee)

FSU offers a remarkable range of academic programs. FSU also awards research fellowships to promising undergraduates, with numerous grants available to help offset the costs of studying overseas. A research giant, the school’s faculty includes Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, Guggenheim Fellows, and Pulitzer Prize winners. "

5. University of Colorado-Boulder

“No matter what your attitude, everyone agrees on one thing: The setting is spectacular. As one student explains, CU provides students with plenty of resources to pursue what they want (whether that be skiing, music, partying, or just about any outdoor activity imaginable) while also receiving a first-class education.”

6. State University of New York-Binghamton

“Undergraduate students choose Binghamton because of its value, but also because every semester they experience a great return on their investment in the form of Binghamton’s strong (and ever-growing) academic reputation, its emphasis on innovation, and its extensive study-abroad and language programs.”

7. University of Georgia (Athens)

“The rigorous programs in journalism, science, agriculture, and literature, among others, are the backbone of the University of Georgia’s increasingly attractive profile as a world-class research institution that draws top faculty and students. There’s a full slate of on-campus, out-of-class activities, and many students say the town of Athens is one of the chief attractions of going to the University of Georgia.”

8. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg)

“Of VT’s 65 bachelor’s degree programs, engineering, architecture, agricultural science, and forestry are all national leaders, while the outstanding business program offers top-notch access to occupations in the field.”

9. Texas A&M University (College Station)

“Academically, Texas A&M (TAMU) excels in pre-professional areas, with agricultural science and marketing, business, education, and engineering among its top disciplines. However, for most students who attend this icon of the Lone Star State, the big draw is more than the academics—it’s the way of life.”

10. University of Oklahoma (Norman)

“General education courses can be crowded—that’s standard at any big public school—but the outstanding OU Honors College caps class sizes at 19 students. If you can get into the honors program, you should seize the opportunity.”

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