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Top 10, Again

Parents choosing where to send their sons, daughters and money for college will find NC State in another prominent national ranking of educational value.

Financial magazine Kiplinger picked NC State as the 10th best value among public universities for providing an excellent education at an affordable price.

That’s in addition to the 2009 U.S. News & World Report list, where NC State was third in best value among public universities. The latest Princeton Review/USA Today value list for public universities has NC State 13th.

“Our goal is to provide our students with a quality education while keeping tuition affordable,” says Dr. Warwick Arden, interim provost and executive vice chancellor. “Combining first-class quality with affordability is the definition of value in higher education. By any measure, NC State passes that test with flying colors.”

NC State demonstrates its commitment to a low debt load for its graduates by keeping tuition low, and by directing money toward grants and scholarships that low- and middle-income students can use in lieu of loans to pay for school.

Students put their knowledge to work solving real-world problems, from helping to mitigate the mental effects of aging to developing cutting-edge medical technology. NC State students are among the nation’s leaders in winning prestigious academic awards such as the Goldwater, Marshall and Gates Cambridge scholarships.

The quality of NC State’s research programs, and its commitment to working with state and national industries, is also reflected in the fact that it places third among national universities that do not have medical schools in the amount of research funding received from industries.

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