The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015.
The university ranks sixth among Virginia’s best values and 92nd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price, according to the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at kiplinger.com/links/college.
“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (7), James Madison University (21), Virginia Tech (26) and Christopher Newport University (89).
UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.