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UMCP offers the most bang for your buck

Students at the University of Maryland, College Park get more bang for their buck than students at any other college in the state, according to Money magazine.

UMCP was ranked No. 68 on Money magazine’s new list of the nation’s best colleges and universities, which was released Monday.

The “Best Colleges” list is really a ranking of the best schools “for your money,” the magazine says.

Kim Clark, a senior writer at Money who created the rankings, said the list includes “some famous, some surprising” schools that “according to the best data available, provide real value.”

Babson College, in Massachusetts, took the title as the nation’s Best College.

UMCP was the highest-ranked college in Maryland. Johns Hopkins University was considerably lower down, at No. 107, followed by Loyola University Maryland, at No. 138.

To compile the rankings, Money magazine started with the roughly 1,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. and then filtered out those with below-average graduate rates.

The remaining 665 colleges were then evaluated based on 17 factors in three equal categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.

Eight other colleges in Maryland made the overall list.

When the list was filtered by public vs. private schools, UMCP ranked No. 25 on the list of the “25 Best Public Colleges.”

Money filtered its results into several other interesting rankings, as well, including “The 25 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into.” Loyola earned the No. 20 spot on that list.

The magazine also offers an analysis story to accompany the rankings. It includes a number of takeaway lessons that are intriguing. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.