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Class Notes: North Georgia listed in top 100 best value public schools in the nation
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For the third year in a row, 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 list ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

North Georgia is one of only three public universities in Georgia to be named to the magazine’s list. The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech were also on the list.

“This ranking reflects our commitment to providing students throughout the region with access to a high-quality, affordable education,” said Bonita Jacobs, president of North Georgia, in a news release. “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 with number of standards, including the admission rate, percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and 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, in a news release.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, and online at Web visitors will find answers on how the public colleges are ranked, a slideshow of the top 10 schools, a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation and admission rate.

This semester, North Georgia will officially consolidate with Gainesville State College to form the University of North Georgia. The merger was mandated by the University System of Georgia in a move that included consolidating six other schools.

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