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Press Release for Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Names UNF 2016 Best College Value

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 The University of North Florida has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016.The rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

UNF earned spots on the magazine’s list of best values in public colleges for in-state and out-of-state students. This is the fifth consecutive year the University has been recognized by Kiplinger for its public college value.

“With top-notch academic programs and amazing out-of-classroom experiences, all at an affordable cost, UNF provides an exceptional value that’s hard to beat. We take great pride in being recognized by some very elite organizations for our efforts,” said UNF President John Delaney.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.

Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

“We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings, from No. 1 to No. 300, is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine editor. “Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student’s preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major.”
The complete rankings are available online at and will appear in the February 2016 print issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance on newsstands January 5, 2016.

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.

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.