Kiplinger’s Personal Finance includes Xavier in its annual ranking of the nation’s best values among private colleges for 2011-2012. Kiplinger’s ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value.
The annual report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue, available on newsstands on Tuesday, Nov. 8, or online now at Kiplinger's website.
Other schools on the private universities list include Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Dartmouth. Xavier is ranked No. 71 overall and is one of only six private Ohio colleges ranked in the top 100.
According to Kiplinger’s, Xavier and the other schools included in the ranking represent colleges that are providing high quality academics in addition to great cost value even during difficult 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 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.