But we're kind of thinking that around lunchtime, too.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has rolled out its list of 100 best-value public colleges — can't imagine who's interested in something like that in this era of riches — and College Park's own Universy of Maryland clocked in at number five.
According to the magazine, "Maryland has held the line on costs, keeping the total for in-state students to $19,040 (tuition, room, board and books), only a few hundred dollars over last year's cost. The school's proximity to Washington, D.C., its engineering and journalism programs, and its top athletic program are among the strengths that keep Maryland on a winning streak."
Tuition at all of Maryland's public colleges has been frozen under Gov. Martin O'Malley for the last four years, but Maryland's tough budget situation may thaw the freeze and prompt increases in the future. But for now, University of Maryland's rise from last year's number eight ranking is pretty great — three years ago, the school was 28th.
Kiplinger ranked the schools according to academic quality, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates, as well as cost and financial aid offerings. Other Marylanders that made the list: Salisbury University, Towson University, St. Mary's College of Maryland and University of Maryland's Baltimore campus.