Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2011) —Xavier University has been named one of the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value. The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, November 8—and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college .
Other schools on the private school list include Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Dartmouth. Xavier is ranked number 71 overall. Xavier was one of only six private Ohio colleges ranked in the Top 100.
According to Kiplinger’s: Xavier and the other schools included in the 2011-2012 lists represent the colleges that are providing high quality academics, in addition to great cost value even during these tough 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 rate and low debt for students after graduation.
This year, Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate—a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall cost to families--and to colleges that keep student debt down. While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same.