Mason Named to Kiplinger’s Best Value List

Posted: January 4, 2011 at 9:30 am, Last Updated: January 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

By Catherine Ferraro

piggy bank with dollarOnce again, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Mason to its national top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges 2011” list. Mason is ranked 61st for in-state students and 90th for out-of-state students.

“Everyone at George Mason appreciates being recognized by Kiplinger as it validates our efforts to maintain our institution as one of high quality,” says Mason President Alan G. Merten.

“Even in these┬áchallenging economic times, we continue to do all we can to provide our students with access to leading-edge facilities and with opportunities to work with and learn from the best faculty and academic scholars in the nation.”

According to the magazine, schools on the list are ranked based on a combination of academics and affordability. Mason’s “value” has edged up slightly from last year’s ranking of 64th for in-state students and 95th for out-of-state students.

Narrowing down a list of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the measures of academic quality cited are SAT and ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates.

Factors used to assess cost and financial aid include total tuition, fees, room and board and textbook expenses, which are factored in for both in-state and out-of-state students, along with financial aid and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

The magazine states that academic quality carried more weight than costs in its scoring system.

The full list is in the February 2011 issue of the magazine.

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