For the sixth year in a row, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine says UCF is good for the price.

The university was named to the magazine's 2016 Best College Value list on Wednesday, ranking 36th out of about 600 institutions. Last year, it ranked 42nd.

On average, attending UCF in 2015-16 cost in-state students $17,068, including tuition, fees and room and board - a little less than the average $19,548 in-state students paid at other four-year public schools. For out-of-state students, UCF cost $33,167, which also made Kiplinger's list with the 47th ranking.

“Each school on our rankings, from number 1 to number 300, is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, according to a UCF release.

The schools were chosen based on admission rate, returning sophomores, student-to-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate, as well tuition, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

UCF boasts an admission rate of 50 percent and a four-year grad rate of 40 percent. The average Knight graduates with $23,378 in debt.

Of the Florida schools, six other public universities made the list, including the University of Florida in 2nd, Florida State in 16th and the University of South Florida at 45th. The University of North Carolina at Chapel and Princeton came in at No. 1 for public and private schools, respectively.

See the full ranking here.


Caroline Glenn is the Content Manager of the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn or email her at

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