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NEW YORK — Four of the top five colleges that give students -- and their parents who may be footing the bill -- the best value for their tuition, according to a new survey of higher education.

Baruch College is named the No. 1 four-year college in the northeast as part of the "Best Bang for the Buck" survey by Washington Monthly. CUNY's Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College are also part of the top five colleges on the list. University of Rutgers in Camden, N.J., took second place.

"New York has a long and proud tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education through our public colleges and universities," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "This latest ranking further emphasizes the value of earning a degree right here in New York and I am proud of these CUNY campuses and this well-deserved recognition."

The ranking is based the colleges' graduation rate, student loan default rate, number of students receiving federal Pell tuition assistance grants, and net price for all students, according to Washington Monthly.

The list evaluated 402 four-year institutions in the northeast. Two other New York colleges, CUNY's Brooklyn college and City College, made it to the list's top 40 schools.

To see all the schools on the list, click here.