The University of Central Florida today was named by Kiplinger’s magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best values among public colleges and universities, the third consecutive year UCF has made the list.

UCF placed 42nd in the annual compilation, which ranks institutions based on academic quality, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates in addition to cost and financial aid.

The list was pared down from nearly 600 public four-year schools.

“We are pleased that UCF is again being recognized for providing a high-quality education and a great value for our students,” said UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Tony Waldrop.”

The online rankings were released today and will appear in Kiplinger’s February issue on newsstands Jan. 1.

Earlier this year, UCF also was named a “best value” by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s best-known education services and test-preparation companies, annually selects 150 institutions—75 public universities and 75 private colleges—from a list of 650 schools it identifies as having excellent academics.