Kiplinger’s Names Mason to ‘Best Values’ List

Posted: January 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, in the February 2008 edition, has named Mason to its national top 100 “Best Values in Public Education” list.

According to the magazine, it bases the rankings of public colleges on “a combination of outstanding academic quality plus an affordable price tag.”

Measures of academic quality cited are the percentage of the 2006-07 freshman class scoring 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT or 24 or higher on the ACT; admission and retention rates; student-faculty ratios; and four- and six-year graduation rates.

On the cost side, total tuition, fees, room and board and textbook expenses are factored in for both in-state and out-of-state students, along with financial aid and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

The magazine stated that academic quality carried more weight than costs in its scoring system.

Mason ranked 77 on the list.

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