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Quality and Affordability Rolled Into New List of Best-Buy Colleges

One of the lesser-known facts of life about higher education in the U.S. is that price and quality do not always go hand in hand, writes former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.

In the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, there are 42 institutions named as schools that offer outstanding academics (with four- or five-star ratings) and fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category.

Here's what tops the Fiske list this year:

Among public institutions:

College of Charleston (S.C.)

University of Iowa

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oregon

University of St. Andrews (U.K.)

SUNY-College of Geneseo

Texas A&M University

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Among private institutions:

Brigham Young University

California Institute of Technology

Cooper Union (New York)

Elon University (N.C.)

Rice University (Texas)

Xavier University of Louisiana

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