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University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning

Who says 13 isn’t a lucky number?

Officials at the University of Pittsburgh certainly aren’t complaining about being ranked as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for the 13th consecutive year on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 100 best value public colleges in the U.S.

While Pitt and Penn State typically rank among the priciest public flagships universities in the nation, Kiplinger’s gave Pitt its seal of approval after weighing the university’s sticker price, financial aid packages, admission rate, four-year graduation rate and the average student debt at graduation, among other factors.

Pitt officials noted that the Oakland-based school made the cut for the top 100 schools nationwide from a list of 1,200 colleges and universities the magazine considered.

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the ranking reflects Pitt’s commitment to “providing a world-class education at an exceptional value.”

Other Pennsylvania public colleges that made the top 100 public university list included Penn State and Temple.

The top 100 public college rankings will be included in the Febuary 2018 edition of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996, [email protected] or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.

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