St. Bonaventure University has again been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values.
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 90th nationally on the magazine’s list of 100 best values among private universities, up from 97th in 2016, and 279th overall, eight spots higher than last year.
This is the second 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.
“For a financial publication as highly regarded as Kiplinger’s to recognize the tremendous value we offer here is significant,” said Dr. Andrew Roth, interim university president. “I felt this before I came on board this summer, and feel it even more strongly now: St. Bonaventure is an outstanding institution, not just inside the classroom, but in the life-changing experiences we offer outside of class.”
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.
“There’s no way around it: College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings — which weigh affordability alongside academic quality — our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
“While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200 schools.”
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 at kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 3.
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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