Belmont University was recently named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016 after being included on the organization’s 2014 and 2015 lists. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.
Kiplinger assesses university value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include admission rate, percentage of students returning for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
“We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings, from number 1 to number 300, is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student’s preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major.”
The complete rankings are now available online and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 5.
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