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Kiplingers's ranks Wake Forest University 20th among universities on best values list


January 7, 2009

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Wake Forest University 20th on its 2009 list of the 50 best values in private universities.

Kiplinger’s annually ranks 100 best values in private colleges and universities that combine outstanding economic value with exceptional education.   The overall list is divided into two lists, one featuring 50 private liberal arts colleges and the other featuring 50 private universities.   The private school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2009 issue—on newsstands today—and online at www.kiplinger.com/money/collegevalues.

Selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson’s, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality and affordability—with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total.

The rankings are based on such factors as admission rates, freshman retention rates and graduation rates, as well as tuition costs, financial aid and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.  To view the complete article, visit www.kiplinger.com/money/collegevalues.  Rankings, methodology and other specifics are available at www.kiplinger.com/tools/privatecolleges. 

Three other North Carolina schools are included on the best values list.

“Families hit by the economic downturn may feel that private institutions are out of their financial reach,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s, “but they will be surprised by our findings. Most of the top-notch schools on the Kiplinger 100 offer generous financial aid packages. And, for those who earn too much to qualify for need-based aid, many of the colleges on our list offer hefty scholarships to a few outstanding students or smaller merit awards to a bigger pool.”

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