Kiplinger's Rates Baylor Among Best Private College Values

March 20, 2008
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Baylor University has been ranked as one of the nation's top 50 "Best Values in Private Colleges" according to findings published in the April 2008 edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Using a ranking system that measured academic quality and affordability, Kiplinger's rated Baylor overall as the 38th "best value" among the nation's most prestigious private colleges. In the area of "total cost" for an academic year - including tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and estimated expenses for books - Baylor was the nation's second most affordable school among the top 50 rated by Kiplinger's.

Baylor was ranked as a better value than some of the other top universities on Kiplinger's list, including Carnegie Mellon, Miami, Syracuse, George Washington, Boston and NYU. Baylor also was one of only three Texas universities to make the top 50.

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Kiplinger's began its survey with data on more than 1,000 private institutions provided by Peterson's Undergraduate Database. The magazine used the Carnegie classification system, which organizes institutions based on the highest level and number of degrees offered. They measured universities on several factors, including admission rate, student/faculty ratio, graduation rate, total cost, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, cost after non-need-based aid, non-need-based aid and average debt at graduation.

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 continually published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger's created the nation's first personal finance magazine.

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