Fisher Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

December 15, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, St. John Fisher College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.

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Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Kiplinger also ranked the top 100 best values in each category.  Fisher was listed at No. 294 on the full ranking, and No. 99 on the private universities list.

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include 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 price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Unlike other rankings, which include subjective criteria in their assessments, Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Kiplinger’s was the first ranking to focus on value, their core mission.

“There’s no way around it: College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings—which weigh affordability alongside academic quality—our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the "Find the Best College for You" tool and other tools that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities.

The complete rankings are now available online at kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Tuesday, Jan. 3.