Kiplinger’s Ranks WWU Among 100 Best Values

Paul Cocke
Office of Communications and Marketing

Contact: Paul Cocke, Director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, (360) 650-3350;

Dec. 17, 2014

BELLINGHAM – 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.

Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Western 91st on its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015.

"We're honored to again be recognized by Kiplinger's for the value and quality we provide to students.  Protecting access to an outstanding academic experience has been our foremost institutional priority during these turbulent economic times.  Thanks to our innovative faculty and staff we've been able to maintain Western's commitment to providing a superb education at a reasonable cost,” said Western President Bruce Shepard.

Western has appeared on the list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value the university offers. Western was 93rd on the list in 2014, ranked 74th in 2013 and 81st in 2012.

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.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including admission rate, percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include financial aid and average debt at graduation.

"We salute this year’s top schools,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”


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