Mason Repeats on Kiplinger’s Best Value List

Posted: January 21, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Mason to its national top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges for 2008-2009” list.

Mason was on Kiplinger’s prior best value list, but this time, the university is ranked even higher.

According to the magazine, “George Mason University, in Virginia, climbed from 77 to 46 as a result of improving its test scores and moving more graduates across the stage in four and six years.”

Kiplinger’s says it bases the rankings of public colleges on “a combination of outstanding academic quality and an affordable price tag.”

Measures of academic quality cited are the percentage of the 2008-09 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.

The full list is in the December 2008 issue of the magazine.

Write to at