Magazine Dubs Hoosier Schools 'Best Values'

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A national publication ranks several Indiana schools on its Best Values in Private Colleges list. Kiplinger's Personal Finance took into account financial aid packages, competitiveness and academic support. The publication put the top 100 liberal arts and top 100 private schools in order.

The list includes the following Indiana liberal arts institutions:

43. DePauw University

77. Goshen College

80. Wabash College

88. Earlham College

100. Hanover College

Kiplinger ranks the following private universities from the state:

25. University of Notre Dame

61. Butler University

79. Indiana Wesleyan University

82. Valparaiso University

88. University of Evansville

You can read the full rankings by clicking here.

Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance

October 17, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - INDIANAPOLIS - Butler University has made Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of the best values in private colleges for 2014.

The list, which includes 100 private universities from across the country, can be found on Kiplinger.com. It also will appear in the December issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, which hits newsstands on Nov. 5.

Butler ranked 61st overall - second in Indiana behind the University of Notre Dame.

Butler and the other schools included in the 2014 rankings represent colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate, and a strong four-year graduation rate.

"Butler is committed to providing a strong return on the investment that students—and their families-make in their education," Butler President James M. Danko said. "Our inclusion on the Kiplinger list of best value private colleges validates that commitment, and recognizes the University's efforts to become an innovative leader in creating transformative, student-centered learning experiences that prepare our graduates to make a lasting and positive impact in the world."

Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the value side, Kiplinger’s measures total cost of attendance, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

This is the fifth time Butler has appeared in the Kiplinger rankings. In recent years, the University was No. 66 (in 2010), No. 84 (2011), and No. 73 (2012).

About Butler University

Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. Butler’s overall placement rate for the class of 2012 was 94 percent, including 19 percent who went on to graduate or professional school.

Source: Butler University

October 17, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. - Kiplinger's Personal Finance has recognized Valparaiso University as one of the top 100 private colleges in the nation for best value. Earlier this year, Valpo was also honored by US. News & World Report as the No. 2 Best Value in the Midwest.

This ranking distinguishes Valpo as a University that provides high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges ranked by Kiplinger exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate. Many of the schools on the list, including Valpo, have appeared in Kiplinger's rankings in previous years, demonstrating that these schools consistently deliver good value.

Each year, 94 percent of undergraduate students at Valpo receive financial assistance through scholarships, awards, loans and other sources. In total, Valpo annually awards more than $80 million to undergraduate students.

The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger's December issue, on newsstands Nov. 5. The full list is available online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid and the average student debt at graduation.

About Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a comprehensive independent Lutheran university with more than 4,500 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, service-minded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 25 years. Valparaiso University offers more than 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a Law School, and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Studies. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness and dedication to serving others.

About Kiplinger

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation's first personal finance magazine. Kiplinger.com is the fastest growing Web site in the personal finance space. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for your family and your business in clear, concise language.

Source: Valparaiso University

October 18, 2013

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. - For the first time, the University of Evansville has been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of the country's best values in private colleges.

The annual list names the top 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges around the United States. UE and the other schools on the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

"At the University of Evansvil