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Villanova University Ranked #31 in Nation in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Colleges”

Annual Kiplinger ranking lists private liberal arts colleges and universities that deliver high-quality education at affordable prices

VILLANOVA, Pa., November 1, 2010 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again published its “Best Value in Private Colleges” list, ranking the 100 Best Values in Private Universities and 100 Best Values in Private Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States—and honoring Villanova with the #31 spot among private universities.

Kiplinger’s began this year’s ranking process with an original pool of 600 schools, then pared it down to yield the list of 200 winners. To determine each school’s value, Kiplinger analyzed data in two categories: “Quality” and “Affordability.” Factors counted in the Quality category—worth two-thirds of the score—included admission and graduation rates, SAT and ACT scores, and student-to-faculty ratios. Factors counted in the Affordability category—worth one-third of the score—included total costs, costs after aid, and average student debt at graduation.

Kiplinger’s 2010–2011“Best Values in Private Colleges” ranking is published online and will also appear in the December 2010 print edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which will hit newsstands on November 9.

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