Kiplinger’s ranks Centre College #23 among nation’s Best Values
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance announced this week it has ranked Centre College #23 on its list of the 200 Best Values in Private Colleges.
This is the seventh consecutive year the College has appeared on this list. According to Kiplinger’s, institutions like Centre that make repeat appearances on their lists are those colleges that “consistently deliver.”
“The Kiplinger ranking should be of great and increasing interest to prospective students and their families in an environment of rising educational costs and the understandable criticism of the ‘value’ of a college degree,” says John A. Roush, president of Centre College. “Our mission is to be a place of high achievement and high opportunity. So, we focus on cost and value, and our high Kiplinger ranking suggests we are meeting this commitment.
“What families are also recognizing is the value of a liberal arts education and a broad curriculum that includes a focus on writing, speaking, critical thinking and problem-solving,” Roush continues. “Centre students are prepared for lives of work and service in a world that will need leaders prepared to solve problems we haven’t yet encountered.”
Kiplinger’s attributes Centre’s top ranking to the College’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, low student-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value.
To arrive at their list of America’s 200 Best Values in Private Colleges, published annually for more than ten years, Kiplinger’s awards points based on cost and financial aid, competitiveness, academic support, graduation rates and student indebtedness. They weigh cost and aid most heavily, awarding the most points to schools with the lowest total costs, including tuition and fees.
Of the top 25 schools on Kiplinger’s list, only two have a total cost per year at less than $50,000—Centre at #23 and Hillsdale at #20. In fact, the average total cost per year for schools in Kiplinger’s top 25 is $54,417—almost $10,000 a year more than Centre’s total annual cost.
To find out more about Kiplinger’s 200 Best Values in Private Colleges, click here.