Kiplinger’s Personal Finance lists Xavier as one of the nation’s "100 Best Values" among private colleges and universities and one of only five private colleges in Ohio to receive a top 100 ranking.
The rankings “reflect the best private colleges and universities with strong academics, attractive prices and generous financial aid,” according to Kiplinger's. Other schools on the list include Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, Boston College and Dartmouth. Xavier is ranked No. 77 overall.
Kiplinger’s bases its rankings on a combination of academics and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. They start with data on more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson’s, then add their own reporting.
Institutions are sorted into liberal arts colleges, which focus on undergraduate education, and universities, which include graduate students.
The costs reflect the amount each institution charges and the average amount of financial aid each institution offers for one academic year only. Rankings are based on measurable criteria, such as student-faculty ratios, admission rates, on-time graduation rate, sticker price and financial aid. To break ties, they use academic-quality scores and average debt at graduation.
The entire list is published in the December 2010 edition of the magazine.