Six Florida Universities Place on Kiplinger’s “Top Public College” List


A quality education needn’t break the bank.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual list of top public college values is out, and Florida has placed 6 universities into the top 100.

To come up with the top values in higher education, Kiplinger’s ranks schools by academic quality as well as cost and financial aid measures.

The lists are a good starting point for parents concerned with the high cost of higher education. Says Kiplinger’s:

“All the schools in our rankings meet our definition of value – a quality education at an affordable price.”

The University of Florida at Gainesville (33,168 students) ranked #3 overall. The school costs about $17,200 per year for in-state students, although the sticker price drops to $10,359 after need-based financial aid is factored in.

Tiny New College of Florida in Sarasota, with only 793 students, took the #13 spot.

Florida State University in Tallahassee (32,528 students) placed #22. The average student debt load at graduation is just under $24,000.

University of Central Florida in Orlando – reported as having the largest undergraduate enrollment in the United States with 51,269 students – was at #42.

University of South Florida in Tampa logged in at #52. It has over 31,000 undergrads.

Florida International University in Miami (39,045 undergrads) came in at #61.

To see Kiplinger’s complete lists of top college values in both private and public college categories, visit their special college ranking site for all the details.

Another Tip:  Are your kids starting to think about college applications? That can be a very stressful time for parents and students alike. Mandee Heller Adler, Founder of International College Counselors , has some suggestions to make the process more manageable: see Six Tips for College Bound High School Juniors.

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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