According To The Kiplinger Rankings, California Schools Are The Tops
For the past fifteen years, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has analyzed and ranked universities across the nation in categories that include affordability and academic quality. Included in the quality of the academics are four-year graduation rates as well as test scores. In the 2013 rankings that were published Tuesday, there were eleven California universities on the list.
California captured more than 10% of the available slots, with eleven of the top 100 public colleges ranked for best value. UCLA held California’s top spot at number 6 on the list. Joining UCLA in the top ten were UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. In all, six of the top 25 slots were filled by University of California schools, putting California public universities in one quarter of the top 25 slots.
In addition to the University of California schools that filled eight of the 100 slots, there were three California State University schools that were included in the list of 100 top schools – Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly Pomona.
The magazine publishes the list each year after doing an extensive analysis on public universities. Even though recent years have seen large tuition increases in California schools, so many of the universities still landed in the top 100 best-value schools that the Kiplinger article had a special section on California schools titled “California Schools Rule.” According to the magazine, the main reason that California schools continue to rank highly across the nation is the focus on academics. Even with higher tuition costs, both for in-state and out of state students, the high academic scores more than make up the difference. Many of these schools are highly competitive, which adds to the higher academic standing.
The top spot was again taken by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The magazine mentioned that this university has consistently ranked at the top of the list over the past fifteen years.