Ursinus Is Among Kiplinger’s Top Picks

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has announced its annual rankings of the best values in private institutions, listing private liberal arts colleges and universities that exemplify excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum. Ursinus College is included in the top 100 liberal arts schools, at Number 59.

Swarthmore College tops the liberal arts list, and Princeton University tops the universities list.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine on newstands in November. For the first time, Kiplinger ranks an additional 100 private institutions on its website. The expanded list, totaling 200 schools, is accessible at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

The list takes into consideration  net price – the cost after financial aid. Selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson’s, schools on  the Kiplinger list were ranked by academic quality and affordability – with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Because liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduates and universities include graduate students, Kiplinger’s divides the schools into two categories.

Ursinus is ranked in many other publications, including U.S. News Best College’s “Up and Coming” colleges and “Schools with a Strong Commitment to Teaching;” the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” and the Princeton Review’s “Best Value” list; Parade Magazine’s list of top pre-medical schools, in Loren Pope’s book Colleges That Change Lives, and in other publications. — W.G.