Forbes ranks UCI No. 1 in nation among publics for ‘best value’

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When it comes to getting the best value for your tuition dollar, UCI is the No. 1 choice among public universities in the nation, according to Forbes magazine.

Overall, UCI placed third in the Forbes 2019 Best Value College survey, which rated 300 schools on their ability to deliver the best bang for the tuition buck based on tuition costs, school quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success.

Brigham Young University and Princeton University led the list, with UCI outpacing Harvard University, the University of Washington, Stanford, UCLA and other elite institutions. Last year, UCI rated fourth in the survey.

Forbes writes that its Best College Value ranking “is focused on that human angle. Most students and their families are interested in value over prestige. And with the May 1 College Signing Day, the deadline for most college-bound students to accept an offer, right around the corner, it is the definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on one of the most important investments of their lives.”

The Forbes report is the latest in a series of rankings that place UCI in the top tier of national colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCI the seventh-best public university in America.

The New York TimesCollege Access Index has twice rated UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities doing the most for the American dream and providing unparalleled opportunity for social mobility. Money magazine has also ranked it No. 3 on its 2018 list of the “best colleges in the U.S.” According to Money, the included schools “deliver a superior education at an affordable price, enabling graduates to avoid heavy debt and succeed in the workplace.” And in January, in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings of top U.S. colleges in 2018, UCI rated third for providing a productive learning environment.

UCI’s earned reputation for providing value, accessibility and affordability for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, has made the campus the most popular college destination for the California’s college-bound high school seniors.

More than 70,000 aspiring in-state freshmen applied to attend UCI this fall. Additionally, UCI was the top choice for first-generation students and those from low-income families and underrepresented groups – all of whom have not historically had access to a world-class university education.