Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named the University of California, San Diego the 20th best value public university in the nation based on its academic quality and affordability. UC San Diego was praised for its high four-year graduation rates, low average student debt at graduation, student-to-faculty ratio, the availability of financial aid, low sticker price and overall great value.
Kiplinger’s annually ranks best values in public and private colleges and universities that combine outstanding economic value with high-quality education.
“UC San Diego is dedicated to remaining accessible and affordable while providing a world-class education to our students,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are proud to offer generous financial aid packages and other resources that enable upward social mobility.”
Kiplinger’s recognized UC San Diego for the number of students on campus who receive federal Pell Grants (need-based grants for low-income students). According to the 2015 UC San Diego college profile, 68 percent of undergraduates received financial aid (including student and parent loans), and 58 percent were awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid.
The campus’s large number of students who receive a federal Pell Grant also recently garnered attention from the New York Times which named UC San Diego the No. 4 school in the nation in the publication’s College Access Index that measures which universities do the most for low-income students.
For more information on Kiplinger’s best values in public colleges list, go to the Kiplinger website.