Kiplinger’s Magazine Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2013.

The university ranks fifth among Virginia’s best values and 53rd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide when comparing tuition costs, according to the February 2013 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

UMW students study for final exams outside the Woodard Campus Center

“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The magazine selects the best values from a pool of nearly 600 public four-year colleges and universities, using data provided by Peterson’s. The editors rank the schools based on measures of academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates, as well as on cost and financial aid.

Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best-value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (4), James Madison University (20) and Virginia Tech (28).

UMW has appeared consistently on Kiplinger’s best value list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.