SPOKANE, Wash. – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranks Gonzaga University the No. 7 Best College Value among private universities in the West/Southwest for 2014 and the No. 34 Best College Value among private universities nationwide. Factors contributing to Gonzaga’s exceptional value include: academic competitiveness, strong four-year graduation rate, low average student debt (at graduation), and academic support.
To come up with the rankings, Kiplinger started with data on nearly 600 private institutions, then added its own reporting. The rankings measure academic quality and affordability; quality factors account for 56.25 percent and cost factors make up 43.75 percent of the total score. Specifically, academic competitiveness (admission rate and yield) accounts for 25 percent of the total score; graduation rates account for 18.75 percent; academic support, 12.5 percent; cost and financial aid, 31.25 percent; and student indebtedness, 12.5 percent.
More information about the methodology used for the rankings can be found online. The full rankings can be found in the March issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.