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Forbes: UC campuses provide most value for investment

UC students are getting some of the country’s best deals on a college education, according to a new Forbes ranking of the 300 Best Value Colleges.

When it comes to getting the most value for your money, Forbes ranked six UC campuses among the nation’s top 25. UC Berkeley and UCLA rated No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while UC Irvine was eighth and UC Davis ninth on the list. UC San Diego was listed 11th and UC Santa Barbara 22nd.

“Private Northeast institutions have lost their monopoly on the higher education marketplace. More than half of the top Best Value Colleges are clustered in the West and five of the 10 are public schools (four from the enviable U.C. system),” Forbes said. “And all are highly active research hives with outstanding programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

The Forbes 2017 Best Value College ranking included both private and public institutions. It evaluated 300 schools based on tuition, school quality, postgraduate earnings, student debt and graduation success.

“Knowing where you can get the most quality for each tuition dollar spent is the goal of this year’s Best Value ranking,” writes Forbes.

The new listing, following on the heels of other recent rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Washington Monthly and Money Magazine, is only the most recent to emphasize the UC system’s value in providing a top education for its students.

How UCs rank on Forbes 2017 list of Best Value Colleges:

Campus Rank
UC Berkeley No. 1
UCLA No. 2
UC Irvine No. 8
UC Davis No. 9
UC San Diego No. 11
UC Santa Barbara No. 22
UC Santa Cruz No. 97
UC Riverside No. 107

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