Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has announced its annual list of best value colleges and universities that combine a high-quality education with affordability. Rhodes is No. 43 on its list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges and is No. 74 among the 300 colleges ranked overall. The overall list includes public, private, and liberal arts colleges.
Kiplinger’s criteria for academic quality include a competitive admission rate, a high four-year graduation rate, and a low student-faculty ratio. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation.
“College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings—which weigh affordability alongside academic quality—our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
Students at Rhodes enjoy a challenging educational environment both inside and outside the classroom with access to varied internships and meaningful engagement in the community. Rhodes has appeared on the list before and moved up from 55 to 43 in the liberal arts category since last year.
The rankings will appear in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and are available online.