Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Ursinus College on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges.The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
Ursinus, at #87, is one of only 13 school in Pennsylvania named to the liberal arts college list. The 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The colleges, according to Kiplinger, “exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.”
The magazine points out that although private schools can carry higher sticker prices than in-state prices at public schools, one must figure in financial aid to get the sticker price. Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation. More Recent Rankings>