Catholic colleges, universities make top 100 of Kiplinger’s best bang for the buck

Kiplinger announced its annual Top College Value ranking of U.S. colleges and universities where students get the best payoff for the investment they make in four years of tuition and other costs. Kiplinger bases the ranking on a combination of quality of education (55%) and financial measures (45%).

It should come as no surprise that schools with high academic standards and ability to put considerable money around students — thanks to healthy endowments and financial aid practices — should fare better than schools that aren’t that fortunate. In the financials, Kiplinger factors in such things as tuition, need-based financial aid and median starting salaries upon graduation.

University of Notre Dame graduates at a commencement ceremony. (CNS file photo)

University of Notre Dame graduates at a commencement ceremony. (CNS file photo)

After looking at a field of 1,200 schools, Princeton, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Rice, Yale and Duke top the list. No surprise there.

How did Catholic colleges and universities fare this year? Pretty well. One-quarter of the Top 100 list is populated by Catholic higher education institutions. Here is how they ranked:

16 – University of Notre Dame

17 – Georgetown University

19 – Boston College

30 – Santa Clara University

33 – Creighton University

35 – Villanova University

42 – Gonzaga University

45 – Franciscan University of Steubenville

51 – University of Portland

55 – University of Dayton

57 – Marist University

58 – St. Louis University

60 – Marquette University

66 – University of San Diego

69 – Providence College

70 – Rockhurst University

71 – Duquesne University

72 – Loyola Marymount University

75 – Loyola University Chicago

81 – Fairfield University

83 – Fordham University

86 – St. Michael’s College

87 – University of St. Thomas

89 – Loyola University Maryland

96 – St. Bonaventure University

100 – Xavier University, Cincinnati

So, as your high school junior is beginning to think of where to go to college, those are 25 that give you a good bang for the buck.



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