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Kiplinger’s again names UW-Eau Claire a best value college

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

In Kiplinger’s 2009-10 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” UW-Eau Claire is ranked 67th for in-state students and 64th in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

To create its top 100 lists, Kiplinger’s reviews data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. It narrows the list based on measures of academic quality, including things like ACT scores, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. It then ranks schools on costs and financial aid. Academic quality carries more weight than costs, according to the magazine.