UCLA has been named among the country's top 10 best-value public universities, according to the latest issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

The magazine's annual 100 Best Values in Public Colleges ranks the campuses according to affordability, quality, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and graduation rates. The top institutions are selected each year from a pool of more than 500 colleges and universities.

Several other area schools also broke the top 100, including Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside and UC Irvine.

The 2013 rankings will appear in Kiplinger's February issue and are available now online.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill once again came out on top, receiving high marks for its four-year graduation rates and a total in-state cost of $18,609 a year.

University of Virginia came in second, followed by the University of Florida at No. 3.

Despite recent tuition increases, many University of California campuses remained competitive on the list.

UCLA was ranked No. 6 thanks to "generous financial aid and rigorous academics," according to the magazine. The university's annual in-state cost is $26,888, but with 84 percent of students qualifying for financial aid, most paid about $10,229 this year.

Also on the list was UC Berkeley at No. 8, followed by UC San Diego at No. 10. UC Irvine ranked at No. 16.

The 23-campus Cal State University system has seen double-digit tuition hikes in recent years, but several still ranked in the top 100. Annual in-state tuition for a full-time undergraduate is now $5,472 in addition to about $1,000 in campus fees.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ranked at No. 40, followed by San Diego State University at No. 77. Cal State Long Beach appeared at No. 82, up from No. 98 the previous year.

Cal Poly Pomona ranked 89, while UC Riverside appeared at No. 92.

To view the list visit www.kiplinger.com/reports/best-college-values/.

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