Kiplinger’s names Clark University #24 among best values in private colleges

12597288225_21973168ce_oKiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges for 2015. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at number 24, up from number 35 in the 2014 edition. The full list is available online.

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Clark University and the other schools included in the 2015 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. Quality criteria account for 55 percent of total ranking points, and cost criteria account for 45 percent. According to Kiplinger’s, the colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including competitiveness, four-year graduation rates, academic support, cost and financial aid, and student indebtedness. Many schools, including Clark, have appeared on the list multiple times.

“The seemingly unstoppable rise in the cost of higher education slowed last year, but make no mistake: It still costs a boatload of money to send a child to college. Just how big a boat you’ll need depends on how you navigate the college search,” says Sandra Bloch, senior associate editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “All the schools in our rankings meet our definition of value—a quality education at an affordable price.”

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Donald Honeman, Clark University dean of admissions and financial aid, said, “Our rise in the Kiplinger’s rankings reflects how Clark has effectively responded to the challenge of affordability while offering a higher education experience that ensures a strong return on families’ education investment. Clark’s generous set of financial aid and scholarship options, a tuition-free fifth year master’s program for strong undergraduate students, a remarkably affordable room and board program, and an educational program framed by our LEEP (Liberal Education & Effective Practice) curriculum are an appealing combination for students and their families.”

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.