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Press Release for Friday, December 22, 2017

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Names UNF 2018 ‘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 “300 Best College Values of 2018” list. The rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine remarkable academic quality with exemplifying affordability.

UNF earned spots on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for in-state and out-of-state students. This is the seventh consecutive year the University has been recognized by Kiplinger for its public college value.

“We take great pride in being recognized by some very elite organizations for our efforts,” said UNF President John Delaney. “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.”

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including 2018 “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, 2018 “Best Regional” University by U.S. News & World Report, 2018 “Best Colleges” by College Factual and the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

The editors at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance start with data from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year schools, provided by Peterson’s. The list is then narrowed to the top schools based on measures of academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four-year graduation rates. The editors then rank the schools using cost and financial aid measures. Academic quality carries more weight than costs.

The complete rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance on newsstands in early January.

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.