St. Bonaventure University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016.
Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.
Kiplinger also has ranked the top 100 best values in each category.
St. Bonaventure was ranked 96th nationally on the magazine’s list of 100 best values among private universities, and 287th overall. The university was one of only three institutions in the eight westernmost counties of New York to be ranked.
This is the first time St. Bonaventure has been recognized by Kiplinger’s. St. Bonaventure has been ranked highly for years by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review, both for quality and value.
“To add such a prestigious ranking as Kiplinger’s to our résumé affirms what we’ve known all along here — that St. Bonaventure is a great place to get a great education, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president.
Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the 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.”
At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the “Find the Best College for You” tool and other tools that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities.
The complete rankings are now available online and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 5.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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