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UNC ranks #1 in Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges, 2013"

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks as the number one value in American public higher education because it offers students "stellar academics" at a bargain price, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

For the 12th time in a row, UNC-Chapel Hill ranked first on Kiplinger's list of the 100 universities and colleges that provide the best value to in-state students.

The magazine also listed Carolina second for the best value offered to out-of-state students.

Kiplinger's periodically has ranked the best public campus values since 1998; Carolina has been first every time. The new ranking appears in the February issue, posted December 27.

"Access and affordability are what allow us to attract great students from a broad range of backgrounds with different interests and different career goals," said UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. "I can't think of an aspect of this University that is more crucial to who we are. It's the marriage of that with the academic excellence that creates the environment and the unique nature of Carolina."

The universities of Florida, Virginia and the College of William and Mary ranked second, third and fourth.

To see the rest of the list, click here.

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