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Press Release for Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kiplinger Personal Finance Names UNF Best Value Public College

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13 for the second consecutive year. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine an outstanding education with great economic value.

“We take great pride in being nationally recognized by some very elite organizations for delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value,” said UNF President John Delaney. “First-rate academic programs, amazing out-of-classroom experiences and affordable cost provide a value that is hard to beat.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times, including UNF, which is a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.

“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance editor.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, and online now at Web visitors will find special features, including an FAQ about how the public colleges are ranked, a slide show of the top 10 schools, as well as a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation and admission rate.

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation’s first personal finance magazine. is the fastest growing website in the personal finance space.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.