The University of California, Los Angeles ranks sixth on Kiplinger's top 100 public colleges and universities. They are ranked based on measures of academic quality and affordability. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill placed first, followed by University of Virginia, University of Florida, College of William and Mary, and University of Maryland, College Park, respectively. The others are New College of Florida (7th), University of California, Berkeley (8th), SUNY Geneseo (9th), and University of California, San Diego (10th).

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