Western Washington University is one of the 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The ranking, released today, cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
In its February 2013 issue, Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Western 74th on its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013. Western was listed in 2012 at No. 81.
“We are pleased to again be included on Kiplinger’s list of the best values in public higher education,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard. “It’s a testament to our first rate faculty and staff, who are dedicated to fostering a genuinely collaborative learning environment where students can develop their intellectual potential and put their higher education to higher purposes. We’re proud that Western is not only a good value for students, but also helps them develop values of making a positive difference as well.”
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the list, followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Florida. The University of Washington, the only other ranked school in the state of Washington, is No. 17.
Western has appeared on the list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value the university offers. Western also has consistently received strong rankings in U.S. News & World Report surveys of colleges and universities in the nation. Western is the highest ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
In the Kiplinger’s ranking, Western is listed ahead of a number of major universities, including the University of Nebraska, Michigan State University, Purdue University, George Mason University, Louisiana State University and the University of Oregon.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including 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 low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.