My Public Ivy post for this cycle got more buzz than any previous Public Ivy post. So I would like to list the schools that came close, but slightly missed on the four-year graduation rate.
Some of the Runner Up schools do even better on value. They charge less than the University of Virginia ($53,000), the most expensive of the Original Public Ivies, charges for tuition and fees alone. I split my list into Best Value Runners Up and Runners Up. Each of these public institutions also graduates at least 65 percent of a freshman class.
The University of Georgia, the Florida runner-ups and UT-Austin are a good value for the money. But it’s tough to get into those schools from out of state. The same is true for the University of Washington, especially for Computer Science and Engineering. Virginia Tech is also becoming a tougher place for prospective architects and engineers. The University of Maryland-College Park has a list of Limited Enrollment programs. On the flip side, St. Mary’s and the University of New Hampshire accept over 80 percent of their applicants.
Some of these Runner-Up schools have been on my past Public Ivy lists. You can see how close some schools came to making my short list just by looking at the four-year graduation rate. I have no doubt that schools will pop on and off the short list from year to year.
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