Kiplinger’s: WFU is 24th best value among private universities

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Wake Forest University 24th on its 2016 list of the 100 best values in private universities.

Kiplinger’s annually ranks best values in private colleges and universities that combine outstanding economic value with high-quality education. The overall rankings are divided into two lists, one featuring 100 private, liberal arts colleges and the other featuring 100 private universities.

Selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were assessed by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Kiplinger’s methodology takes into account quality measures, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.

The complete rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 5.

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