EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon State University is the lone Oregon institution to make the annual Fiske Guide to the best buys of U.S. colleges and universities this year.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that OSU keeps climbing up in the guide, while former regular, the University of Oregon, has been left off again.

Until 2005, the UO made the 40-school best-buy list annually for eight years in a row -- perpetually honored as a high value university among the 2,200 four-year institutions in the nation.

The best-buy calculation is based on the quality of academics in relation to the cost of attendance. Edward Fiske, a former education editor at The New York Times, is author of the guide.

From 2001 to fall 2012, the UO tuition and fees increased 129 percent -- landing at $9,309 a year, according to Oregon University System figures.

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