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 fourth consecutive year UCF has made the list.

UCF placed 42nd in the annual compilation, the same ranking as 2012. Kiplinger’s ranks institutions on criteria such as student-faculty ratios, admission rates, on-time graduation rate, sticker price and financial aid. The list was drawn from nearly 600 public four-year schools around the nation.

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

Four other Florida public institutions made the list, including the University of Florida at No. 3.

New College in Sarasota was ranked at No. 11, Florida State University in Tallahassee at No. 19, the University of South Florida in Tampa at No. 55, and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville at No. 64.

The highest ranked school nationally is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by the University of Virginia.