Baylor University Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Dec. 20, 2016

Baylor recognized for embodying exceptional academic quality and affordability

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 20, 2016) – Baylor University has been named one of the 100 best values among private universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which has released its latest list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.

Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list, with Kiplinger also ranking the top 100 best values in each category. The rankings will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 3, 2017.

Baylor earned the No. 64 spot on the magazine’s list of best values among private universities, which weighs affordability alongside academic quality.

“We are honored to be acknowledged again as a Best Value by Kiplinger’s,” said Baylor Interim President David E. Garland. “Baylor provides an outstanding education infused by academic excellence, with all the resources and benefits of a research university and a caring Christian community where faculty members know each student personally and care about their success. We remain very sensitive to the costs of higher education and are firmly committed to helping students from all financial backgrounds achieve their dreams of a first-tier education, especially through building our endowed scholarships. By continuing to increase the level of scholarship support we provide to students, we can preserve the value of a Baylor education for generations to come."

“With our rankings—which weigh affordability alongside academic quality—our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include 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 sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Unlike other rankings, which include subjective criteria in their assessments, Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Kiplinger’s was the first ranking to focus on value, their core mission.

At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the "Find the Best College for You” tool and other tools that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

ABOUT KIPLINGER

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation's first personal finance magazine. Kiplinger.com is the fastest growing Web site in the personal finance space. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for your family and your business in clear, concise language. Become a fan of Kiplinger on Facebook or Kiplinger.com , and follow Kiplinger on Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

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