SPOKANE, Wash. – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranks Gonzaga University the No. 38 best value among private universities in the nation for 2017. In addition, Kiplinger’s ranks Gonzaga the No. 127 best value among all colleges and universities (public and private) nationwide.
The new rankings, released today, weigh affordability alongside academic quality in an effort to help students and their parents better understand value, said Janet Bodnar, editor.
“While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200,” Bodnar said.
Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
Unlike some other rankings, which include subjective criteria in their assessments, Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability.
The complete rankings are now available online at kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 3.