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The University at Buffalo is considered one of the best values in public education, according to the latest college rankings.

UB came in at No. 33 on the 2013 list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

In-state tuition, fees, and room and board at UB total $20,333 this year, pushing the university up the best-value rankings from 38th last year, 46th in 2011 and 70th in 2010, according to the magazine.

The entire list, which was released last week, can be viewed at www.kiplinger.com.

Kiplinger’s starts with data from nearly 600 public four-year schools, then narrows the field to about 130 based on academic measurements, including SAT and ACT scores, as well as admission, retention and graduation rates. The schools are then ranked based on cost and financial aid.

UB is among several schools from the State University of New York to make this year’s list, including Geneseo State College, No. 9; Binghamton University, No. 12; Stony Brook University, No. 22; New Paltz, No. 44; Oneonta, No. 59; Cortland, No. 76; Purchase, No. 80; Albany University, No. 81; and Brockport, No. 83.

Geneseo ranked No. 1 in the nation in value for out-of-state students.

The rest of the Top 10 on Kiplinger’s best-value list include: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, No. 1; University of Virginia, No. 2; University of Florida, No. 3; College of William and Mary, No. 4; University of Maryland, No. 5; University of California, Los Angeles, No. 6; New College of Florida, No. 7; University of California, Berkeley, No. 8; Geneseo, No. 9; and University of California, San Diego, No. 10.

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