The following institutions offer great value to students and are consistently rated among the best value colleges in the nation:

University of California, San Diego
- Ranked among the nation's top 50 “Best Value” public colleges for 2010 by The Princeton Review.
- It was also ranked the “best value” university in California, according to the February 2010 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

The University of Virginia
- Ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row among 50 "best value" public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review (2010).
- Based on the quality of both its academic and financial aid offerings, the University is rated 3rd among more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities across the nation for "best value", according to the 2010 ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The magazine lists U.Va.'s in-state total price – including tuition, fees and room and board – at $19,312, but $4,815 after the average financial aid package.

Swarthmore College
- It has been named the "Best Value Private College for 2010," according to the Princeton Review and USA Today. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each school from the 2008-2009 academic year.

The Citadel Graduate College (CGC)
- It is ranked by U.S.News & World Report (2010) as the No. 1 Best Value and the No. 2 Best Public University in the South offering up to a master's degree. The Citadel is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Grove City College
- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Grove City College the No. 1 "Best Value" in its category for the 2007 guide. It also remains at the top of the "America's Best Colleges" list among northern comprehensive colleges, listed at 7th.

List of "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2011":
1 University of Virginia (Charlottesville VA)
2 New College of Florida (Sarasota FL)
3 University of Florida (Gainesville FL)
4 State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton NY)
5 Univ. of Georgia (Athens GA)
6 University of Michigan (Ann Arbor MI)
7 College of William and Mary (Williamsburg VA)
8 University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill NC)
9 North Carolina State University (Raleigh NC)
10 City University of New York - Hunter College (New York NY)
Source: The Princeton Review

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek