Indiana Colleges on 'Best Value' List

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A dozen schools in the state have been named to a national publication's annual list of the best value colleges. The University of Notre Dame and DePauw University placed in Kiplinger's overall top 100. Of all colleges considered by Kiplinger, Indiana schools placed in the following spots:

47. University of Notre Dame

93. DePauw University

155. Goshen College

189. Purdue University

194. Butler University

217. University of Evansville

222. Earlham College

233. Wabash College

240. Hanover College

258. Valparaiso University

265. Indiana Wesleyan University

277. Indiana University

You can read the full rankings by clicking here.

Source: Kiplinger

December 18, 2014

News Release

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Valparaiso University is one of Kiplinger's Personal Finance's 100 best values in private colleges for 2015. The ranking recognizes universities that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Valpo consistently achieves recognition as a best value, ranking second among Midwestern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. Valpo was also recognized by MONEY Magazine and Forbes Magazine for value and affordability.

Kiplinger's assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Many of the schools on this list, including Valpo, have appeared in Kiplinger's rankings in previous years.

The complete rankings, including the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges, are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college. The rankings will also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 6, 2015.

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 26 years. Valparaiso University offers more than 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing and Health Professions. 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. Become a fan of Kiplinger on Facebook or Kiplinger.com and follow Kiplinger on Tumblr and Twitter.

Source: Valparaiso University

December 18, 2014

News Release

GOSHEN, Ind. - Goshen College has again been named one of the top 100 best values among all liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2014. The magazine recently announced the top universities and liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding quality with affordability. This year, Goshen College was ranked 73rd among liberal arts colleges, retaining its place as second among Indiana liberal arts colleges.

While continuing to maintain a quality college education and strong student satisfaction, Goshen College is also an affordable option by having a lower sticker price, offering significant financial aid packages and keeping graduation debt levels down.

-Goshen College costs 10 percent less than the national average for private colleges.

-Last year, 99 percent of all Goshen students received financial aid and the average aid package was $19,470.

-Goshen College graduates' average debt is lower than the national average: GC was 57th among liberal arts colleges for least debt.

See an infographic outlining the value of a GC education

Goshen College and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The college exemplifies attributes that parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

Kiplinger's assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate.

"We salute this year's top schools," says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. "Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today's economy, which is why Kiplinger's rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds."

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and will be published in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, on newsstands January 6, 2015. Web visitors will find special features, including a tool that lets readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus by in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities; a slide show of the top 10 schools in each category; archives of previous years' rankings, and an FAQ about the ranking methodology.

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio private liberal arts colleges ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for 2013-14

17. Hillsdale (Mich.) College

23. Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio)

26. Wheaton (Ill.) College

35. Kalamazoo (Mich.) College

44. Oberlin (Ohio) College

48. DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.)

50. Hope (Mich.) College

58. Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.)

60. The College of Wooster (Ohio)

64. Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.)

65. Principia College (Elsah, Ill.)

73. Goshen (Ind.) College

82. Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)

84. Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.)

88. Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.)

91. Hanover (Ind.) College

Goshen College is a nationally-recognized liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 65 areas of study, as well as select master’s degrees. Goshen enrolls approximately 900 students from 33 states and 38 countries, and is recognized for its innovative, life-changing study abroad program (Study-Service Term) and exceptional educational value. Rooted in the historically peaceful Mennonite church, the college's Christ-centered mission produces passionate learners, compassionate peacemakers, global citizens and servant leaders. For more information, visit goshen.edu

Source: Goshen College