Clark among top 30 on Kiplinger's 'Best Values in Private Colleges' list

Clark University is among the top 100 private institutions named as the nation’s Best Values in Private Colleges for 2011-2012 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, a ranking of the schools that “combine outstanding education with economic value.”

Clark stands at No. 28 on the “Best Values” list, which Kiplinger’s selects from data collected on more than 600 private institutions. Also included in the top 100 list this year are Princeton (No. 1), Boston College (No. 22), Tufts (No. 24), and Boston University (No. 50).

The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, November 8—and online now at

Clark has consistently appeared on Kiplinger’s “Best Values” list, which is selected from a pool of private institutions provided by Peterson’s, an education content provider and publisher. Schools on the Kiplinger list were ranked by academic quality and affordability. This year, Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate—a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall  cost to families—and to colleges that keep student debt down.

Earlier this year, Clark also appeared among the top 50 schools named by U.S. News in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of its 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”