Marist Named a 2015 Best Private College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
For the ninth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Marist on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges, where the College is ranked 63rd. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks the best values in both private universities and liberal arts colleges. The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
Marist and the other schools included in the 2015 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.
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. Many of the schools on the top list have appeared in Kiplinger’s rankings in previous years, demonstrating that these schools consistently deliver good value.
About Marist College
Located on the river in the historic Hudson River Valley and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” In addition to Kiplinger’s, Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by other top ranking organizations like U.S. News & World Report (11th Best Regional University/North), The Princeton Review (“The Best 379 Colleges”), and others. Though now independent, Marist remains committed to the ideals handed down from its founders, the Marist Brothers: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. Marist educates 4,800 traditional-age undergraduate students and 800 graduate students in 44 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.
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