Clark University among Kiplinger’s Top 50 'Best Values' in education

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands November 6. Clark appears at No. 40. The full list is online at

Clark University and the other schools included in the 2012-13 lists represent the 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 high four-year graduation rate. Many schools, including Clark, have appeared on the list multiple times.

“Although the cost of attending college has presented challenges for Clark families as well as for students around the nation, Clark has responded to the challenge of affordability with a 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 – a higher education experience that ensures a strong return on the educational investment at Clark.” ~ Donald Honeman, Clark University Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Although private schools generally carry higher sticker prices than in-state prices at public schools, private schools can actually be cheaper because of their generous financial aid. For example, Clark’s average financial aid decreases the tuition from more than $46,570 a year to a much more reasonable $21,760 a year.

“Kiplinger’s list of the best private colleges has become a recognized and respected resource for families researching the best value in college education,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “The schools on this year’s list offer students both academic excellence and affordability, which is increasingly important in this challenging economic landscape.”

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. is the fastest-growing Web site in the personal finance space.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to contemporary challenges in the areas of psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.