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TCNJ Named a 2012-2013 Best-Value Public College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

EWING, NJ … The College of New Jersey has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

TCNJ ranks #24 for in-state tuition (up two spots from last year), and tops the list of only four New Jersey publics included in this ranking. (Rutgers University – New Brunswick #50; Ramapo College #67; and Rutgers University—Newark #94.)

Additionally, TCNJ ranks #5 on the Best Values in Public Colleges for Out-of-State Students list.

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—TCNJ included—a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.

“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue—on newsstands January 1, 2013—and online now at: Web visitors will find special features, including an FAQ about how the public colleges are ranked, a slide show of the top ten schools, and a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation, and admission rate. In addition, Kiplinger’s top 200 private colleges and universities of 2012-13—announced in November 2012—are featured in the Best College Values report.

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