MCLA Named A Best Value For Public Colleges
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.
MCLA was one of two four-year public institutions in Massachusetts to make the list. Kiplinger’s selected the top 100 public colleges and universities, private colleges and universities, and private liberal arts colleges from some 1,200 institutions.
“This recognition confirms the quality along with affordability that MCLA offers as the public liberal arts college of the commonwealth," MCLA Admissions Director Gina Puc said. "As students explore their college options for the upcoming admission cycle, this news will advance the word that MCLA is an attractive option for applicants to consider.”
“We salute this year’s top schools,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”
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.
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 at kiplinger.com/links/college.
The rankings also will appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.