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The following table compares the basic academic information between Top 100 Public Colleges. By school type, all 100 Top Public Colleges are public. By school level, all 100 schools are 4 years or high institutes.
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Academic Comparison - Top 100 Public Colleges
RankNameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
1 University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
2 University of California-BerkeleyBerkeley, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
3 United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, MDPublic, four-yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
4 University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville, VAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NCPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
6 University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MIPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
7 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusAtlanta, GAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
8 United States Military AcademyWest Point, NYPublic, four-yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
9 University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
10 New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologySocorro, NMPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
11 United States Air Force AcademyUSAF Academy, COPublic, four-yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
12 University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
13 University of California-IrvineIrvine, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
14 University of FloridaGainesville, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
15 University of California-DavisDavis, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
16 University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, MDPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
17 University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, WIPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
18 University of Washington-Seattle CampusSeattle, WAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
19 University of GeorgiaAthens, GAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
20 William & MaryWilliamsburg, VAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
21 University of New Hampshire at ManchesterManchester, NHPublic, four-yearsBachelor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor
22 University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, ILPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
23 Purdue University-Main CampusWest Lafayette, INPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
24 Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
25 The University of Texas at AustinAustin, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
26 Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus, OHPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
27 University of DelawareNewark, DEPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
28 University of California-Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
29 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg, VAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
30 North Carolina State University at RaleighRaleigh, NCPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
31 Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusUniversity Park, PAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
32 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CAPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
33 University of ConnecticutStorrs, CTPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
34 Texas A & M University-College StationCollege Station, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
35 Arizona State University Campus ImmersionTempe, AZPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
36 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburgh, PAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
37 The University of Texas at DallasRichardson, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
38 The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxville, TNPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
39 Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew Brunswick, NJPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
40 University of South Florida-Sarasota-ManateeSarasota, FLPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
41 University of Central FloridaOrlando, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
42 Colorado School of MinesGolden, COPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
43 CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew York, NYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
44 University of Massachusetts-LowellLowell, MAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
45 University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MNPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRolla, MOPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
47 Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MIPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
48 University of Hawaii at ManoaHonolulu, HIPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
49 San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
50 Florida International UniversityMiami, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
51 University of South FloridaTampa, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
52 University of Massachusetts-AmherstAmherst, MAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
53 Clemson UniversityClemson, SCPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
54 University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NEPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
55 University of New Hampshire-Main CampusDurham, NHPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
56 University of Nevada-RenoReno, NVPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
57 Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
58 University of California-RiversideRiverside, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
59 University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusNorman, OKPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
60 University of South Carolina-ColumbiaColumbia, SCPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
61 University of Washington-Bothell CampusBothell, WAPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
62 California State University-Long BeachLong Beach, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
63 University of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, LAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
64 Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
65 Virginia Military InstituteLexington, VAPublic, four-yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
66 The College of New JerseyEwing, NJPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
67 University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NVPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
68 University of ArkansasFayetteville, ARPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
69 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeBaton Rouge, LAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
70 University of Washington-Tacoma CampusTacoma, WAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
71 University of UtahSalt Lake City, UTPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
72 University of VermontBurlington, VTPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
73 California State University-BakersfieldBakersfield, CAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
74 University at BuffaloBuffalo, NYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
75 University of KentuckyLexington, KYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
76 University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, MOPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
77 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend CollegeErie, PAPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
78 CUNY Hunter CollegeNew York, NYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
79 Rutgers University-NewarkNewark, NJPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
80 University of HoustonHouston, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
81 University of ArizonaTucson, AZPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
82 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityTallahassee, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
83 James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, VAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
84 Western Washington UniversityBellingham, WAPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
85 University of North DakotaGrand Forks, NDPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
86 Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TXPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
87 Miami University-OxfordOxford, OHPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
88 Binghamton UniversityVestal, NYPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
89 Ramapo College of New JerseyMahwah, NJPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
90 Washington State UniversityPullman, WAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
91 Iowa State UniversityAmes, IAPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
92 University of South Florida-St PetersburgSt. Petersburg, FLPublic, four-yearsMaster's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master
93 Mississippi State UniversityMississippi State, MSPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
94 Auburn UniversityAuburn, ALPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
95 Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomington, INPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
96 University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas City, MOPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
97 University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanks, AKPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
98 The University of West FloridaPensacola, FLPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
99 Arizona State University-WestGlendale, AZPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
100 University of Rhode IslandKingston, RIPublic, four-yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
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Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Public Colleges is $12,217 for State residents and $31,659 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 61.13% and graduation rate is 73.76%. The following table compares key facts for each schools including acceptance rate, graduation rate, tuition, student to faculty ratio, and student population.
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Key Facts Comparison Between Top 100 Public Colleges
RankNameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
1 University of California-Los Angeles $13,258 / $43,012 14% 91% 18:144,589
2 University of California-Berkeley $14,226 / $43,980 17% 92% 20:142,327
3 United States Naval Academy -$1 / - 9% 90% 8:14,594
4 University of Virginia-Main Campus $19,244 / $53,626 23% 94% 15:125,628
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $9,028 / $36,891 25% 91% 13:130,092
6 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $16,178 / $53,232 26% 93% 11:147,907
7 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus $12,852 / $33,964 21% 91% 18:139,771
8 United States Military Academy $0 / - 9% 85% 7:14,536
9 University of California-San Diego $14,700 / $44,454 37% 87% 19:139,576
10 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology $8,425 / $24,254 97% 54% 8:11,686
11 United States Air Force Academy $0 / - 13% 87% 8:14,307
12 University of California-Santa Barbara $14,417 / $44,171 37% 84% 22:126,179
13 University of California-Irvine $13,775 / $43,529 30% 85% 18:136,303
14 University of Florida $6,381 / $28,659 31% 89% 18:153,372
15 University of California-Davis $14,645 / $44,399 46% 86% 20:139,074
16 University of Maryland-College Park $10,955 / $38,636 51% 87% 18:140,709
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison $10,720 / $38,608 57% 88% 17:144,640
18 University of Washington-Seattle Campus $12,076 / $39,906 56% 82% 19:148,149
19 University of Georgia $12,068 / $31,108 48% 87% 17:139,147
20 William & Mary $23,812 / $47,038 42% 91% 11:18,939
21 University of New Hampshire at Manchester $15,785 / $33,985 85% 58% 10:1717
22 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign $15,442 / $32,892 63% 86% 20:152,679
23 Purdue University-Main Campus $9,992 / $28,794 67% 83% 13:146,655
24 Florida State University $5,656 / $18,786 32% 84% 21:143,569
25 The University of Texas at Austin $11,752 / $40,996 32% 88% 18:150,476
26 Ohio State University-Main Campus $11,936 / $35,019 68% 87% 19:161,369
27 University of Delaware $15,020 / $36,880 66% 82% 15:123,613
28 University of California-Santa Cruz $14,070 / $43,824 65% 76% 19:119,161
29 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $14,174 / $33,857 66% 86% 14:137,024
30 North Carolina State University at Raleigh $9,131 / $29,916 46% 84% 14:136,042
31 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus $18,450 / $35,514 76% 71% 14:146,810
32 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo $10,195 / $28,105 38% 83% 21:122,440
33 University of Connecticut $18,524 / $41,192 56% 83% 16:127,215
34 Texas A & M University-College Station $13,239 / $40,134 63% 83% 20:170,418
35 Arizona State University Campus Immersion $11,348 / $29,438 88% 66% 19:174,795
36 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus $20,362 / $35,394 64% 84% 14:132,277
37 The University of Texas at Dallas $14,564 / $39,776 79% 69% 25:128,669
38 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville $13,244 / $31,664 78% 71% 17:130,559
39 Rutgers University-New Brunswick $15,804 / $33,005 67% 84% 16:150,411
40 University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee $5,587 / $16,502 24% 47% 12:12,069
41 University of Central Florida $6,368 / $22,467 45% 74% 30:171,881
42 Colorado School of Mines $19,538 / $40,838 55% 84% 15:16,744
43 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College $7,464 / $15,414 41% 73% 18:119,740
44 University of Massachusetts-Lowell $15,698 / $33,624 75% 69% 17:118,150
45 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $15,254 / $33,818 70% 84% 17:152,017
46 Missouri University of Science and Technology $10,813 / $29,097 81% 67% 18:17,642
47 Michigan State University $14,750 / $40,562 76% 81% 16:149,695
48 University of Hawaii at Manoa $12,186 / $34,218 84% 62% 12:118,025
49 San Diego State University $8,136 / $20,016 37% 76% 27:136,334
50 Florida International University $6,565 / $18,963 58% 67% 26:158,836
51 University of South Florida $6,410 / $17,324 49% 74% 22:150,626
52 University of Massachusetts-Amherst $16,439 / $36,964 65% 83% 17:131,642
53 Clemson University $15,558 / $38,550 62% 85% 16:126,406
54 University of Nebraska-Lincoln $9,872 / $27,002 78% 66% 18:125,108
55 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus $18,962 / $37,202 85% 76% 19:114,348
56 University of Nevada-Reno $8,588 / $24,680 87% 60% 19:120,722
57 Texas State University $11,135 / $22,559 85% 55% 22:137,812
58 University of California-Riverside $13,754 / $43,508 66% 77% 23:126,434
59 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus $12,012 / $27,816 83% 72% 18:127,772
60 University of South Carolina-Columbia $12,688 / $33,928 68% 78% 17:135,470
61 University of Washington-Bothell Campus $11,950 / $39,780 88% 63% 20:16,304
62 California State University-Long Beach $6,846 / $18,726 42% 73% 23:140,069
63 University of Louisiana at Lafayette $10,346 / $24,074 67% 51% 19:116,450
64 Stony Brook University $10,455 / $28,375 49% 76% 18:126,782
65 Virginia Military Institute $19,670 / $48,324 60% 85% 10:11,698
66 The College of New Jersey $17,287 / $29,594 51% 86% 13:17,783
67 University of Nevada-Las Vegas $8,737 / $24,828 81% 44% 20:131,142
68 University of Arkansas $9,574 / $26,390 78% 68% 18:127,562
69 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College $11,958 / $28,635 73% 70% 20:134,285
70 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus $12,196 / $40,026 86% 60% 16:15,364
71 University of Utah $8,893 / $28,345 79% 67% 17:133,081
72 University of Vermont $19,002 / $43,890 71% 76% 16:113,292
73 California State University-Bakersfield $7,579 / $19,459 78% 46% 24:111,745
74 University at Buffalo $10,782 / $28,702 67% 75% 13:132,347
75 University of Kentucky $12,610 / $31,608 96% 66% 16:129,986
76 University of Missouri-Columbia $11,475 / $30,450 82% 73% 17:131,089
77 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College $15,206 / $24,916 89% 71% 13:14,312
78 CUNY Hunter College $7,382 / $15,332 40% 56% 13:124,052
79 Rutgers University-Newark $15,208 / $32,409 74% 65% 16:113,231
80 University of Houston $9,699 / $21,891 63% 62% 22:147,090
81 University of Arizona $12,736 / $37,258 85% 65% 15:145,601
82 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University $5,785 / $17,725 33% 55% 16:19,184
83 James Madison University $12,638 / $29,564 80% 82% 16:121,594
84 Western Washington University $8,703 / $25,930 94% 68% 18:115,197
85 University of North Dakota $10,596 / $15,037 87% 61% 18:113,615
86 Texas Tech University $11,852 / $24,122 70% 63% 20:140,322
87 Miami University-Oxford $16,704 / $37,379 92% 82% 13:118,880
88 Binghamton University $10,390 / $26,420 43% 82% 19:118,148
89 Ramapo College of New Jersey $14,952 / $24,694 67% 72% 16:16,042
90 Washington State University $12,417 / $27,733 80% 59% 15:131,159
91 Iowa State University $9,634 / $25,446 88% 75% 19:131,822
92 University of South Florida-St Petersburg $5,821 / $16,736 27% 44% 18:14,727
93 Mississippi State University $9,220 / $24,900 80% 64% 17:122,986
94 Auburn University $11,826 / $31,986 85% 79% 19:130,737
95 Indiana University-Bloomington $11,333 / $38,352 80% 80% 16:143,064
96 University of Missouri-Kansas City $10,599 / $26,235 63% 54% 15:116,147
97 University of Alaska Fairbanks $7,248 / $21,384 67% 39% 11:16,813
98 The University of West Florida $6,360 / $19,241 58% 48% 21:113,061
99 Arizona State University-West $10,803 / $27,988 82% 48% 12:14,445
100 University of Rhode Island $15,332 / $33,354 76% 71% 16:117,649
Average$12,217 / $31,65961.13%73.76%17.03:128,628
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