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Press Release for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Names UNF 2014 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 2014 for the third 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. "Top-notch academic programs, amazing out-of-classroom experiences and affordable cost provide a value that is hard to beat."


This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Top Colleges in Florida: Shaping the Next Generation by College Database, Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.


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.


"The college landscape today is very different-tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education," said Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger's Personal Finance editor. "This year's top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students."


The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2014 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, Dec. 31, and online now at Web visitors will find special features, including a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation and admission rate; a slide show of the Top 10 schools; archives of previous years' rankings and an FAQ about the ranking methodology. In addition, Kiplinger's Top 200 private colleges and universities for 2014, announced in October, are featured in the College Rankings special report.


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.