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

University recognized for Strong Academic Record and Great Economic Value

 VILLANOVA, Pa. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again published its “Best Value in Private Colleges” list, ranking 100 private universities and 100 private liberal arts colleges in the United States that combine outstanding education with economic value. Villanova University earned the #31 ranking among private universities for the second consecutive year.

Kiplinger’s began the ranking process with an original pool of 600 schools, and then pared it down to yield the list of 200 winners. To determine each school’s value, Kiplinger’s analyzed five weighted-categories in order to best assess quality and affordability: Cost and Financial Aid (31.25%), Competitiveness (25%), Graduation Rates (18.75%), Academic Support (12.5%), and Student Indebtedness (12.5%). Factors counted in the Competitiveness category included admission rates, as well as SAT and ACT scores. Factors in the Academic Support category included small classes, individual attention, academic mentoring and on-campus resources.

Click here to learn more about Kiplinger’s “Best Value in Private Colleges” ranking.

Kiplinger’s 2011–2012“Best Values in Private Colleges” ranking is published online and will also appear in the December 2011 print edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which will hit newsstands on Nov. 8.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.