Rankings recognize strong academic record and great economic value

Valparaiso University is one of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 100 best values in private colleges for 2015. The ranking recognizes universities that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Valpo consistently achieves recognition as a best value, ranking second among Midwestern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. Valpo was also recognized by MONEY Magazine and Forbes Magazine for value and affordability.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid, and average debt at graduation. Many of the schools on this list, including Valpo, have appeared in Kiplinger’s rankings in previous years.

The complete rankings, including the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges, are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college. The rankings will also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 6, 2015.

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