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Marist Again Named a 'Best Value' by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Poughkeepsie - For the seventh consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Marist College on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The rankings appear now online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college, and an abbreviated version will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue, which will be on newsstands November 6.
Marist’s long-term appearance in the rankings shows that it consistently delivers good value. Marist ranks 62nd on the national list. It is 5th among all New York institutions and is the state’s top-ranked college, behind just a handful of large universities like Columbia and Cornell. Kiplinger’s includes on its list schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. Marist’s place on the list recognizes its small class sizes, strong freshman retention rate, and high four-year graduation rate.
"Marist's record of success has been recognized by many prestigious publications, but the college's inclusion among Kiplinger's ‘Best Values in Private Colleges’ is one of which I am particularly proud," said President Dennis J. Murray. "Coming from a leading personal finance magazine, this designation recognizes not just that Marist delivers a top-quality education, but that it does so at a competitive price and so delivers maximum value for students and their families."
“Finding high-quality education at an affordable price is a challenge for families in any economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings for best value in private colleges is such a valuable resource,” says Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “The colleges on this year’s list offer students the best of both worlds.”
Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.
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