While we’re on the topic of education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has conducted a survey to determine this year’s best values in public colleges for undergraduates. In order to rank the schools, Kiplinger’s used SAT/ACT scores, admission rates, freshmen retention rates, student-faculty ratios, graduation rates, tuition costs and other fees, financial aid, and accumulated student debt, while prioritizing academic quality first.
My alma mater, the University of Delaware, placed 17th for out-of-state admission and 26th for in-state.
My undergraduate education was paid for by a combination of money from my parents, a grant from Princeton University, a few small scholarships, money I had earned through short stints of working, and student loans.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 27, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.