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New survey names NJIT top university in the country

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A New Jersey university has landed atop a national ranking of the best colleges in America.

But it's not the one you think.

New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark was named the No. 1 value in the country by BuzzFeed.

And while Buzzfeed does not have the cachet of the U.S. News & World Report list (which, by the way, ranked Princeton at No. 1), its criteria for selection may be more appealing to students — and those paying for said students.

NJIT landed the top spot based on a matrix that plotted annual tuition costs against average first-year salaries, as provided by PayScale.

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NJIT — with a tuition of just $27,840 against an average starting salary of $54,600 — took the top honor in a list loaded with Jersey schools.

Princeton came in at No. 8, followed closely by Stevens (No. 13), Rutgers (No. 20) and Seton Hall (No. 24).

The list also includes most of the traditional heavyweights, as seven of the eight Ivy League schools (sorry, Yale) made the top 50.

But the rankings favored tech schools.

Georgia Tech was No. 2, followed by the little-known Michigan Tech at No. 3. Virginia Tech is No. 5, Cal Tech comes in at No. 6, and WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) rounds out the top 10. MIT ranked No. 11.

See the entire ranking at BuzzFeed.

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