Best values in public colleges for 2014

North Carolina tops the list for the 13th year in a row, despite the shifting landscape in higher education.

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Dec 26, 2013 8:10AM
We need to do a better job of preparing our children for life.  Not everyone is college material; some are better off going to a tech school.  ALL high schools need to develop better curriculums with courses for handling money, relationships and career options for their skills and interests.
Dec 26, 2013 4:35PM

I went to a small;; Jr. college at home for 2yrs. Then transferred to one of the local city state colleges and finished up. Total cost of education? about 15 to 20 grand. And Now I'm makin about 285 grand a yr!! Its not the college..its..YOU!!!!

If you want it, you got to go get it. Nothing is being given away free these days butt...Prison time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 26, 2013 9:58AM
Im an idiot, I went to East Tennessee State and now work at Wendy's = (
Dec 26, 2013 12:49PM
The biggest factor in being "successful," as it is defined by modern American society, is knowing what you want to do at an early age.  It is more about knowing what you enjoy doing, than about "smarts" most times.  Broad exposure to various things at an early age is the best method for helping a kid figure this out. 

Forcing trade school or a university education on someone does not help anyone.  After they get through the schooling, they will naturally gravitate toward what they truly enjoy.  However, years of society trying to force them into something will turn out to be a waste of time.

Dec 26, 2013 10:54AM

The problem with a College Diploma is it does not include 'Wisdom'..  Suggest many of the nation's problems are related to the high ratings given to the Inbred Ivy League.

Dec 26, 2013 11:16AM
The real test should be the costs versus quality versus field of study ratio.  It makes no difference if it's cheap if you get a degree not worth the paper it's written upon (e.g. those "awarded"' to football players in "communications").
Dec 26, 2013 5:33AM
These are certainly NOT the best values for out-of-state-students. If I were going to have to come up with $41.5k for tuition, Chapel Heel would NOT be among my top 10 choices (and I went there, '68 - '72). For in-state, sure, UNC and UVA are great. But as an out-of-state student, I'd get a better education for the same amount of money at Williams, Amherst, or Wellesley. And a LOT better social experience in not being a faceless nobody among a student body of 25,000...!
Dec 26, 2013 10:31AM
UNC- LMFAO, they are under investigation by  the NCAA and just fired a professor for giving A's when students never show for class and no papers due.  It's an insult to the other Universities! 
Jan 9, 2014 9:28PM
 Since when did political brainwashing have value?
Dec 26, 2013 3:56PM

They left off three of the top, which are less expensive than any of these but give a much higher level education ... Maybe Annapolis, Colorado Springs and West Point should be listed as it costs nothing to go there and you get paid for learning. Yes, you have to be among the top of the crop and you have to be willing to serve your country for one hitch, but there are no finer schools in the world than those three when it comes to quality education.


But I also agree that sometimes a college education is overrated as well as over priced. We need skilled workers as noted, but you can do college level jobs for college level pay with a high school education if you apply yourself as hard as you would going to school. We just need to get off the mindset that it is because of who I am that I am where I am. For it is because of who I was that I got were I did and anyone else can as well. Apply yourself 110% and do what others can't or won't do and you will succeed more than you would ever dream. 

Dec 26, 2013 4:31AM
I think that in this day and age we might as well guide our kids  to a good education  via the internet.  Yes I went to an Ivy League college, but back in my day it was $1200 a year. Not  $40000!!!!
Many  top schools now offer on line classes. You do not end up with a diploma, but someone with brains  can end up with a good education.   If  you  have not developed your brain by the time you reach 18,  it is especially foolish to spend $ 40000 a year  on a four year degree.
Dec 26, 2013 11:00AM

my son is a freshmen at university of Indianapolis (private school).  It is rather expensive and I discussed with him other options before enrolling with school.  His statement to me was this:  Dad if I go to a larger school like Indiana University where the class room size will be like 600 or so.  I would rather have like 20 per class. 

  So,  with this statement he is implying that he knows his weakness and strengths.  He would probably slip through the cracks and not get attention needed do to size and nature of larger schools. 

  It is a little more pricey to take approach that we are with him, but 1st semester down all a's and b's....who can argue with that.  We are just doing what we need to do to make sure he is on the percentage side of the ones who actually graduates.

Dec 26, 2013 8:20AM
What's indicative is the number of schools featured here show photos of their sports teams.  Schools are suppose to be in place primarily to educate our youth.  Instead, oftentimes it becomes about how many nation championships a school has won.  UCLA is the exception here and along with UVA, Cal (Berkley) and William and Mary are probably the class of the lot.
Jan 10, 2014 8:32AM
In the past 13 years since I graduated college prices have sky rocketed.  UCLA was 9-12K a year.  Now it's 28k?  It seems like just a few years ago, college, at a general,relatively lame in-state college, for any state, was a couple thousand a semester.  Now most are 7-9K a semester.  What happened? If I were graduating high school now, I would NEVER spend that much on a university degree.  NOT WORTH it. 
Dec 26, 2013 3:27PM
All very good schools, and more of equal caliber could've made the list...Georgia Tech, Texas, U of Illinois, Penn State, to name a few. 
Jan 9, 2014 10:08PM
Best values?  Best Values?  What are the values anyway.  You go to college, pay for classes that you hope that would get you a job so you can pay the education debt.  Then you find there are no jobs, and you are out of everything except debt.   So How is it going for you now?
Dec 26, 2013 3:28PM

remember there's a disclaimer that's been placed somewhere inside every college and university prospectus since the mid 1980's:


"degrees awarded (from the school) represent only the successful completion of all required coursework, and in no way imply or ensure future employment or acceptance into a graduate or professional program."

Dec 26, 2013 2:57PM
I don't understand how financial success after graduation and job placement aren't the most important factors in determining value of the education.  To me Value implies how much that education has improved your worth.  Some of these colleges graduate large numbers of people without a competitive advantage in the workplace.  My university had low graduation rate compared to these schools but much higher starting salary after graduation.  Any parent who sends their kid to one of these schools that is also on the top 10 party school list thinking they are getting a good value is terribly misinformed.  
Jan 10, 2014 12:13AM

BEST DEAL IN AMERICA.............Peru State College..... NEBRASKA...... $11, state AND out of state students get the same rate. This INCLUDES room and board, books, as well as tuition.

Small, quiet, friendly, and everyone knows your name. An excellent education for an excellent future. CHECK IT OUT.

Dec 26, 2013 9:52AM
My son graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill two years ago and is now a second year law student. He could not have received a better education at any price. UNC-CH...a great University.
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