Mason Cited as a ‘Best Buy’ University

Posted: January 12, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

Two notable publications have recently cited Mason as being one of the top educational values in the nation.

Mason is one of 247 schools listed in the ninth edition of Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education.” The criteria for Barron’s include tuition rates, as well as a questionnaire that is completed by the dean of students and by students.

Schools listed in the book provide a high-quality education and range from publicly supported schools that are almost tuition-free to those that are moderately priced.

Said one Mason student in Barron’s: “We are not stuck in tradition here. No one will ever tell you that you can’t do something; they will say, ‘Well, it doesn’t hurt to try it and see what happens.’”

Wrote another student: “In contrast with Virginia’s old, traditional schools, Mason emphasizes its youth and lack of ‘old habits’ and reputation. Mason exudes an exciting feeling of opportunity and innovation.”

Mason’s “best value” status was also commended in the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, where the school came in No. 78 in the country amongst public colleges.

According to, “Schools that top Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges are noteworthy for their combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs. Our emphasis on academic strength is reflected in our scoring; academic quality measurements carry more weight than costs (almost two-thirds of the total). We also used academic-quality scores and average debt at graduation figures to break ties.”

The Kiplinger’s rankings were based on information that more than 500 four-year schools provided to Peterson’s, a Nelnet company. Kiplinger’s then added its own reporting to the data.

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, topped the list for the sixth straight year. Mason was one of six Virginia schools listed.

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