Mason Is One of Kiplinger’s Best Values for 2003

Posted: October 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

In a ranking done by Kiplinger’s personal finance magazine, George Mason is one of the best values among public colleges nationwide. Noting growing concern from recent hikes in tuition, Kiplinger generated its top 100 list of colleges with the best deals in higher education. Mason is ranked No. 70, just below the University of Wyoming and edging out the University of Central Florida.

“Tuitions at public colleges are 12.5 percent higher, on average, this year than they were a year ago,” according to the article. “That’s on top of the 9.6 percent hike in the fall of 2002.” With tuitions on the rise, the magazine produced an exclusive survey of U.S. public universities and created their list based on a combination of “great academics with reasonable costs.” Tuition figures were combined with averages of SAT and ACT scores, in addition to four- to six-year graduation rate percentages and academic reputation, to give an overall value. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the top-rated school out of more than 500 analyzed.

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