Virginia Tech ranks No. 1 with our readers. Here are profiles of some other reader favorites, written by students. November 1, 2009 The voting is over, and the results are in. We asked Kiplinger.com readers which school ranks first in their book of best values in public colleges and universities for 2008-2009. Our selection for best value was University of North Carolina. Almost 28,000 online votes were cast in our reader’s choice poll. And you selected Virginia Tech. The runners up, all with big vote totals: Texas A&M, Murray State, and Truman State. Here were your 20 favorites, according to the ten-month poll posted from January until October 2009. 1) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 7144 2) Texas A&M University 6051 3) Murray State University 5185 4) Truman State University 3386 5) University of Oklahoma 751 6) Louisiana State University 624 7) Missouri University of Science and Technology 526 8) Appalachian State University 496 9) Georgia Southern University 315 10) The Ohio State University 281 11) State University of New York College at Geneseo 182 12) The University of Texas at Austin 166 13) University of California, Berkeley 132 14) Clemson University 131 15) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 131 16) University of Central Florida 130 17) University of Virginia 104 18) University of Florida 95 19) The Pennsylvania State University 89 20) Florida State University 84 We use hard statistics to produce Kiplinger’s annual rankings for best values in public colleges and universities, and we’re proud of the results. But we also gave our readers' favorites a chance to brag a little, by letting a student fill us in on what’s fun, cool, quirky and just plain great on campus and nearby. Here are ten public schools we profiled during 2009. Learn about each school, and leave your own comments: Advertisement Texas A & M UniversityMark Gold, student body president, gives us 12 insider tips. Murray State UniversityMallory Allgood says the school's best feature is the Quad, where students can go to relax after a long day of classes. Truman State UniversityAnthony Speno, a 2009 grad, says the university's lively student body is its best feature. Advertisement University of OklahomaKaleigh Kaczmarek says her school is affordable, dynamic and stimulating. Louisiana State UniversityBrady Lemon's favorite events on campus are Groovin’ on the Grounds, a free concert, and Fall Fest, a welcome-back celebration for students and faculty. Missouri University of Science and TechnologyAndrew Rochetto says his time at Missouri S&T has been the best experience of his life. Appalachian State UniversityJennifer Mixter says each student, faculty member and staff member shares a bond as part of the “Appalachian Family.” Advertisement Georgia Southern UniversityClay Turner says the best place to study on campus is the school's newly renovated and expanded Zach S. Henderson Library. Clemson UniversityMansa Joseph says the best feature on campus is Clemson Memorial Stadium, where Tiger fans root for the Orange and White. UNC Chapel HillJ.J. Raynor, a 2009 graduate, says that UNC-CH is a campus truly engaged in solving the world’s toughest problems.