Marist Again Named a “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Acknowledged for Embodying Exceptional Economic and Academic Value
Marist has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Marist climbed six spots on the list of Best Private College Values, to 57 from 63. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category.
This is the 10th consecutive year Marist has been named to this prestigious list, which assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.
“We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings, from number 1 to number 300, is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student’s preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major.”
At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the "Find the Best College for You” tool and other tools that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities. Also online: slide shows of the top ten schools in different categories, archives of past years’ rankings and an FAQ on the ranking methodology.
The complete rankings are now available online at Kiplinger.com/links/college and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 5.
The distinction caps a year in which Marist has been recognized for excellence and value by the Princeton Review (one of only 50 Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 379 Colleges), Money magazine ("One of the 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value"), and U.S. News & World Report (11th Best Regional University).
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