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Kiplinger’s declares UW-Madison a top value

October 31, 2008 By Brian Mattmiller

Business magazine Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked the University of Wisconsin–Madison No. 14 in a national ranking of the best values in American public universities. analyzed records for about 120 universities, focusing on measures of academic quality, overall cost and financial aid availability. For example, the magazine looked at standardized admission test scores, student-faculty ratios and overall graduation rates to determine quality, while focusing on tuition, available need-based assistance and average debt after graduation to determine affordability.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was deemed the nation’s top value among publics. UW–Madison is the highest-ranked Big 10 campus, followed by Michigan (26th), Ohio State (27th) and Indiana (40th). UW-La Crosse (38th) and UW-Eau Claire (65th) also made the list.

UW-Madison ranked 14th in affordability for in-state students and 15th overall for non-resident students.