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University named to Kiplinger's 100 best values list

For the third time, North Georgia College & State University has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of 100 best values in public colleges in the nation. The 2012-13 ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

North Georgia, also named to the list in the February 2010 and February 2012 issues, is one of only three public universities in Georgia to be named to the magazine’s list. The others are the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

"This ranking reflects our commitment to providing students throughout the region with access to a high-quality, affordable education," said Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University. "We are very proud to be included on this list again, as it is a testament to North Georgia's position as a leading institution in the University System of Georgia and nationally."

Kiplinger's assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low tuition, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

"We applaud this year's top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. 

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2013 issue, on newsstands January 1, and online now at: Web visitors will find an FAQ about how the public colleges are ranked, a slide show of the top 10 schools, and a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation, and admission rate.

Founded in 1873, North Georgia College & State University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state and has about 6,400 students. The school is scheduled to become University of North Georgia on Jan. 8, when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) is expected to authorize the institution's consolidation with Gainesville State College.

As one of only six federally-designated senior military colleges in the United States, the university is The Military College of Georgia and its leadership development experiences have earned it designation as a state leadership institution by the USG Board of Regents.

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