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University of Minnesota, Morris Again Named Best Value by Kiplinger's

Posted by Jenna Ray on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014


The University of Minnesota, Morris has been named one of the “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year” and “30 Best Values in Small Colleges” by the editors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Among college values under $30,000, Morris is listed at #2 and is the most highly ranked Minnesota school included. Morris appears at #10 among small public colleges and is the only Minnesota school listed.

These rankings are part of Kiplinger’s new College Finder tool, which complements Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual Best Values in Public Colleges and Best Values in Private Colleges and reveals the best college values in each region, best values among different-sized campuses, and best values under $30,000 a year.

These recognitions come less than three months after Morris was named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2014. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Morris ranked in the top 100 colleges because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price, and overall value. It was one of only two Minnesota colleges on the list, the other being UMTC. Morris has been included on the best values list seven times.

Kiplinger’s bases its rankings on academics and affordability, qualities for which Morris is renowned,” says Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions. “We are honored by these additional recognitions, and we will continue to work to make a Morris liberal arts education a superb financial value for students.”

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 low sticker prices, abundant financial aid, and low average debt at graduation.

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