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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 3:33am

3 Ga. Colleges Called 'Best Values'

The University of Georgia is among the best public universities in the nation for quality education and economic value.

Ranked No. 6 in the country, UGA joined two other Georgia public universities among the best values, according to an annual ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Georgia Tech was No. 31 on the list. Editors also hailed North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, calling it a terrific bargain and putting it at No. 88.

The magazine looked at academics primarily, including four-year graduation rates, test scores, student-faculty ratios, and the number of students who return for their sophomore year. It also weighed tuition costs, availability of financial aid, and the average debt of a school’s graduates.

UGA grads have about $16,000 in debt at graduation, according to the report. North Georgia College’s students finish with roughly $10,000.

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