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UW-Eau Claire among top public universities on MONEY’s Best Colleges list

| Julie Poquette

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named one of MONEY’s 2016 Best Colleges and is one of just two UW System universities included in MONEY’s 50 Best Public Colleges list.

The recent rankings measure colleges on how well they deliver “a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers,” according to MONEY’s website. (See MONEY’s methodology for the rankings.)

UW-Eau Claire's estimated 2016-17 price for a student without financial aid, reported as $19,800 in the rankings data, is the lowest among all public universities in MONEY's 50 Best Colleges list. (MONEY included in-state tuition and fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous costs in its estimated price calculation.)

“This ranking is a testament to the outstanding student-focused work of our dedicated faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire,” said Chancellor James Schmidt. “While a college education is a big-ticket item in terms of cost for students and families, it’s evident from the data that a UW-Eau Claire degree is a great value and one that prepares students for success in their chosen fields.”

On its Best Colleges list, MONEY ranks 705 of the approximately 2,000 four-year U.S. colleges and universities, excluding those with below-median graduation rates, financial difficulties or fewer than 500 undergraduates.

UW-Eau Claire ranks 100th on the overall Best Colleges list and 41st among the 50 Best Public Colleges (which are the 50 highest-ranking public institutions on the overall list). UW-Madison, ranked 32nd among public colleges and 63rd overall, is the only other UW System school on the top-50 list. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison also are included among MONEY’s 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into.