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STILLWATER, Okla. – As many Cowboy and Sooner fans are gearing up for the bowl games next month, faculty members at a few local universities have another reason to celebrate.

The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma have been ranked among the top 100 ‘Best Values in Public Colleges’ in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance report for 2014.

The report ranked the schools among the top 100 public colleges based on a number of criteria including student-faculty ratio, the percentage of students who return their sophomore year, financial aid availability, average student debt at graduation and overall great value.

The University of Oklahoma came in at No. 65 for in-state students, followed by OSU at No. 79.

USAO closed out the list of colleges in Oklahoma at No. 85.

The top 100 public colleges are chosen from among 600 institutions that meet initial criteria, including admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen and graduation rates.

Officials say they also factor in fees, room and board and financial aid when creating the list.

To see the complete list of the top 100 colleges, visit Kiplinger’s website.