Mason Moves Up in Kiplinger’s Best Value Rankings

Posted: January 5, 2012 at 10:33 am, Last Updated: January 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

By Beth Pullias

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Mason to its national top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” list for 2011-12.

Mason has been on Kiplinger’s prior best value lists, but this time, the university has moved up 11 slots in the ranking for in-state students. Mason is ranked 50 for in-state students and 68 for out-of-state students.

Kiplinger’s says it bases the ranking of public colleges on “a combination of academics and affordability.”

The measure for academic quality is based on SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates. Academic quality carries more weight than costs.

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 full list is in the February 2012 issue of the magazine.

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