Illinois State University is ranked as one of the best values in public colleges in the country according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
“Illinois State is a first choice institution for academically talented students,” said President Larry Dietz. “The inclusion in Kiplinger’s best values listing highlights the University’s high academic quality and affordable price. Those factors have placed Illinois State in good company with many of the nation’s most prestigious universities.”
Illinois State ranked 99th on the list, one of only two public institutions in Illinois to make the list, with the second being the University of Illinois.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including admission rate, percentage of students who return for their second year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Other criteria include tuition and fees, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
The complete rankings, including the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges, are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college.
The rankings will also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 6.