Eight UC campuses are among Princeton Review's list of Best Value Colleges for 2012.

UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz are included in the 75 public and 75 private universities Princeton Review features in its book, "The Best College Values: 2012 Edition." The rankings also are presented online by USA Today.

"We recommend these extraordinary colleges as our 'best buys' for 2012 and salute them for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher, who is the lead author of "Best Value Colleges."

The Princeton Review chose its Best Value schools based on analyses of data the company collected from 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. School profiles in the book report information on application requirements, average SAT and ACT score ranges of enrolled freshmen, curriculum, campus culture and financial aid.