The 2013 Princeton Review “Best Value” Public Universities list has changed somewhat from the previous edition, with the University of Virginia taking over the number one spot from UNC Chapel Hill, which is now ranked number 2.
Below are the best values from the 2014 edition, along with a side by side list showing the schools in the same slots in 2013. Changes in best value lists can be more meaningful than some other ranking changes because the best value lists are based on tuition, loan, net cost, and other financial metrics. The Princeton Review best value rankings are unique, however, in that they also consider student views of how interesting and accessible professors are.
2014 (1) Virginia; 2013 (1) UNC Chapel Hill
2014 (2) UNC Chapel Hill; 2013 (2) Virginia
2014 (3) New College of Florida; 2013 (3) New College of Florida
2014 (4) William & Mary; 2013 (4) Binghamton
2014 (5) UCLA; 2013 (5) Wisconsin
2014 (6) NC State; 2013 (6) William & Mary
2014 (7) Wisconsin; 2013 (7) Florida
2014 (8) Binghamton; 2013 (8) Georgia
2014 (9) Michigan; 2013 (9) Washington
2014 (10) Georgia; 2013 (10) UT Austin
The Review lists an additional 65 public universities, in alphabetical order, that are also best values, but does not rank them within that group. Below are the universities that we follow that are on this second list:
Arkansas, Central Florida, Clemson, College of Charleston, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Maryland, Massachusetts Amherst, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Purdue, South Carolina, Stony Brook, SUNY Buffalo, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UT Austin, Virginia Tech, Washington, and Washington State.