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14 Best Value Public Colleges: Princeton Review, 2022

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Related: 14 Best Value Private Colleges: Princeton Review, 2022

The Princeton Review’s recently released list of best value colleges includes both public and private institutions that have earned the company’s highest return-on-investment rating.

The 2022 list is based on 209 schools selected from the company’s survey of some 650 institutions during the 2020–21 school year. To tally the ROI ratings, researchers analyzed school-reported data on academics, cost/financial aid, career services, student debt and graduation rates. 

They also factored in data from PayScale.com surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries, and their job satisfaction. Overall, researchers used some 40 data points to tally return-on-investment rating scores for the schools.

The Princeton Review, a tutoring, test prep and college admissions services company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

See the gallery for the 14 best value public colleges in 2022.