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USF St. Petersburg nabs 'most affordable' honor



The University of South Florida St. Petersburg collected another accolade this week after being named one of the 10 most affordable colleges in Florida by College Choice.

“The schools on our list have something for everyone,” said Christian Amondson, managing editor of College Choice, an independent publication with an emphasis on rankings and reviews. “The tuition rates alone at these schools make attending college a possibility for almost anyone who desires it.”

The full list appears below. 

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also released its annual list of the 300 best-value colleges and universities this week. The publication weighs academic measures, such as competition to get in and how efficiently it gets students to graduation day. They also look at the price tag, including financial aid, and data on future earnings.

Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania came out on top. Students there graduate with $18,262 in debt on average. The top-rated public school was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Florida’s top-ranking best-value school was the University of Florida, with a 48 percent acceptance rate, 66 percent graduation rate and average debt upon graduation of $21,028. UF came in at No. 53 on the list.

At No. 85 was Florida State University. New College placed at No. 110, with USF close behind at 126.

You can explore those rankings and all of the statistics behind them here.

Also, the College Choice rankings, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Chipola College (Marianna)

Lake-Sumter State College (Leesburg)

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee)

University of South Florida St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)

Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers)

University of West Florida (Pensacola)

University of Central Florida (Orlando)

University of Florida (Gainesville)

University of North Florida (Jacksonville)

[Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:33pm]


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