CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chapel Hill is the No. 1 school for its academic value for the 13th year in a row, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Annually since 1998, Kiplinger rates the top schools based on their affordability for the education they give. The schools are graded based on their admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and the four-year graduation rate.

Carolina’s four-year graduation rate is 82 percent; its five-year rate is 89 percent; and its six-year rate is 90 percent.

A major factor that plays into the ranking is access to financial aid. Carolina was named “best in class” for lowest percentage of students who borrowed and for out-of-state value.

Fellow ACC member, Virginia, ranked second on Kiplinger’s list followed by Florida, William and Mary, and UCLA. The other UNC schools making the list are NC State at 16th, School of the Arts at 24th, UNC-Wilmington at 28th, Appalachian State at 30th, and UNC-Asheville at 58th.

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