The Princeton Review has listed UC San Diego and eight other University of California campuses, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo among the nation’s 75 best values in public colleges in its 2012 annual listing. The list of 75 public and 75 private colleges, published by USA Today, includes a ranking of the top 10 public and private schools, which includes two California colleges, Pomona College and the California Institute of Technology, ranking sixth and ninth respectively in the private category.
Other private California colleges on the list included Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, Occidental College, University of Redlands and Stanford University.
UCSD nation’s best value
The Princeton Review praised UCSD for consistently remaining an affordable academic powerhouse. “UC San Diego is one of the world’s premier research institutions, and the economic downturn hasn’t diminished its importance or vitality,” said the Princeton Review. “What began as an oceanography school that expanded into a university in the early 1960s, has grown into a haven for neurosciences, chemistry, medicine, engineering, ocean studies, and even theater and dance.”
“UC San Diego continues to provide strong financial aid programs to ensure access and affordability to students,” Ann Klein, director of the UC San Diego’ financial aid office, said in a news release. “More than 60 percent of our undergraduates receive a form of need-based financial aid.”