Kiplinger: D.C. region awash in collegiate values
Many colleges in Maryland and (especially) Virginia have made this year's Kiplinger 100 list of top public collegiate values, delivering high quality at a reasonable price. Flagships in Virginia and Maryland capture three of the top five spots. (The University of North Carolina and University of Florida rank 1 and 2 in the nation.)
"Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's, in a release.
Average total cost for a public university for in-state students, including living expenses, is $16,140, far less than sticker prices for private institutions.
But tuition discounting and generous need-based aid policies make some local institutions, including the University of Richmond in Virginia and Johns Hopkins in Maryland, surprisingly affordable by comparison. Kiplinger covers them in a separate list.
The public rankings are based on several measures of quality and cost, all laid out on the site.
Here's a partial list, by Kiplinger rank:
3. University of Virginia. For a total in-state cost of $20,647, you get a top Public Ivy with an admission rate of 32 percent and an 85 percent graduation rate. (The graduation rate cited here is a four-year rate, and it's lower than the more common six-year rate, which accounts for students who take longer to finish.) The average student graduates with $19,939 in debt.
4. College of William and Mary. Total in-state cost is $21,972, and the average debt at graduation totals $18,410. William and Mary's academic numbers rival U-Va.'s: Admit rate of 34 percent, graduation rate of 82 percent.
5. University of Maryland, College Park. For a total in-state cost of $19,040, you get a first-tier public flagship with a 42 percent admission rate and a 63 percent graduation rate.
19. James Madison University. Total in-state cost: $16,756. Graduation rate: 64 percent.
24. Virginia Tech. Total in-state cost: $16,828. Graduation rate: 53 percent.
26. University of Mary Washington. Total in-state cost: $16,874. Graduation rate: 69 percent.
40. St. Mary's College of Maryland. Total in-state cost: $24,880. Graduation rate: 71 percent.
60. Salisbury University (Md.). Total in-state cost: $16,586. Graduation rate: 46 percent.
61. George Mason University. Total in-state cost: $17,804. Graduation rate: 39 percent.
78. Towson University. Total in-state cost: $18,350. Graduation rate: 46 percent.
91. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Total in-state cost: $19,991. Graduation rate: 32 percent.
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Daniel de Vise
| January 4, 2011; 11:02 AM ET
Categories: Aid, Finance, Publics, Rankings | Tags: Kiplinger rankings, best maryland colleges, best virginia colleges, best-value colleges, college rankings, college rankings value, college values
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