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Kiplinger’s: Western is a ‘Best Value’

WWU ranks 56th of 100 'Best Values in Public Colleges'

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A Western Washington University education is a great deal for the money, says Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

In its February issue, Kiplinger’s ranked Western 56th on its national list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011.

Each year, the magazine analyzes universities’ academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and graduation rates. Each school is then ranked based on cost and financial aid, as well as average debt students accumulate before graduation.

Western is among the top 100 public colleges and universities that “deliver a stellar education at an affordable price,” according to the magazine. And WWU ranked ahead of such schools as University of Oregon, University of Iowa and University of California, Santa Cruz.

Western also has consistently received strong rankings in U.S. News & World Report surveys of colleges and

universities in the nation. Western is the highest ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the magazine’s annual college rankings.