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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked the University of Maryland, College Park, fifth in the nation in its lists of top 100 best values for public colleges in 2012-2013, the magazine announced this month.

Each year, Kiplinger’s collects data from 600 public four-year institutions and determines the top 100 by analyzing several measurable standards, such as academic quality, student-faculty ratios, graduation rates, financial aid and cost, according to a release.

This marks UMD’s second year in the top five and fifth consecutive year ranked in the top 10.

“At a time when broad access to the highest quality education is challenged, this recognition is truly significant,” said UMD President Wallace Loh in a statement. “With strong support from our state elected leaders, Kiplinger’s ranking is validation that we are succeeding at our core mission of academic excellence, access and service.”

“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, in a statement.

The rankings are published in the February issue of Kiplinger’s, on sale now, and on their website at