Xavier is listed 70th among 100 private colleges and universities ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a “Best Value” for 2013. Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges for combining outstanding education with economic value.
The annual private school report can be accessed online at the Kiplinger website.
Other schools on the private school list include Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Dartmouth. Xavier’s ranking of 70 is up slightly from its 2011-2012 ranking of 71.
Xavier was one of only five private Ohio colleges ranked in the Top 100. The others include Case Western Reserve at 55, Franciscan University of Steubenville: 83, the University of Dayton: 91, and John Carroll University at 93.
According to Kiplinger’s, Xavier and the other schools included in the 2012-2013 lists represent the colleges that are providing high quality academics in addition to great cost value even during these tougher economic times.
These private colleges exemplify the traits parents and students want when looking into higher education options: small class sizes, many financial aid options, high four-year graduation rates and low debt for students after graduation.
Kiplinger’s criteria reflect the issues affecting families. The rankings reward schools with the highest amount of met need and recognize schools that help students avoid borrowing. They also give more weight to the four-year graduation rate—a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and keep down overall cost to families. The overall focus remains on academic quality and affordability.