In its annual ratings, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has again ranked UVM among the top best-value public colleges in the country.
To compile its best value list, Kiplinger’s first ranked schools based on measures of academic quality. It then factored in cost and financial aid measures. Quality criteria account for 55 percent of total points and cost criteria account for 45 percent.
Kiplinger’s draws its list of best value schools from a field of nearly 1,200 higher education institutions in the U.S. UVM was ranked 13th among all publics on the Kiplinger’s list for its four-year graduation rate. On the overall list, the university ranked 58th for in-state and 94th for out-of-state students among public colleges, respectively.
The fact that the university was again ranked high in value by Kiplinger’s affirms UVM’s core strengths, said Stacey Kostell, UVM’s vice president for enrollment management. “Academic quality is at the core of what makes UVM attractive to students,” she said. “At the same time, we work hard to keep tuition increases as low as possible and to offset them with generous increases in scholarships and financial aid.”
UVM also has fared well in other recent lists. The university was ranked 34th among public universities for value by Money magazine in its 2016/17 ratings. And U.S. News & World ranked the university 38th among over 170 public universities in its most recent rankings.