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UE Named One of the Nation’s 100 Best-Value Private Colleges by Kiplinger’s

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013

For the first time, the University of Evansville has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the country’s best values in private colleges.

The annual list names the top 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges around the United States. UE and the other schools on the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

“At the University of Evansville, more than 95 percent of students receive financial aid or scholarships to help them pursue a meaningful, personalized college education,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “We’re honored to receive national recognition from Kiplinger’s for our efforts to make an impact on students’ lives by making a UE education accessible and affordable.”

“The University is constantly striving to enhance our high-quality academic programs and ensure relevance to our students,” Kazee added. “Several recent examples are our announcements of a Baccalaureate to MD program, a physician assistant program, and the award of the largest faculty grant in UE history, which will provide scholarships and support to math and science students. We’re pleased to see these efforts recognized by such a prestigious entity as Kiplinger’s.”

“Our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year’s list offer the best of both worlds.”

Kiplinger’s rankings measure both academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

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