We all know the old stats: Berkeley is the No. 1 public university in the world, according to US News and World Report; ranks fifth in world reputation rankings, according to the 2013 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings; and ranked eighth on Kiplinger’s best values in public colleges list.
But those are some pretty dense rankings, with standings based on information from many confusing categories. Thankfully, however, we have found a more digestible rankings list from a source a little more recognizable — at least, to us.
BuzzFeed has created a list of colleges that “provide the best bang for your buck” by comparing the tuition rates of colleges with the average starting salaries of the schools’ graduates. Unsurprisingly, UC Berkeley has made it into the top 10, coming in strong at No. 4.
With average tuition at $25,056 — the cheapest school ranked in the top 10 — UC Berkeley graduates’ average starting salary comes in at $52,100. In descending order, the rest of the schools in the top 10: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Texas A&M, Princeton, Purdue, CalTech, Virginia Tech, Cal (us!), Michigan Tech, Georgia Tech and New Jersey Institute of Technology.