Western ranks in top 100 list of for best value

Western Washington University estimates that tuition will cost $7,503 per year for Washington residents next year. That’s comparatively affordable according to a new list by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, which ranked Western in the top 100 schools with the best value.

The ranking, which factors in cost and economic value, ranked Western 91st on its list.

“We’re honored to again be recognized by Kiplinger’s for the value and quality we provide to students,” Western President Bruce Shepard said in a press release. “Protecting access to an outstanding academic experience has been our foremost institutional priority during these turbulent economic times. Thanks to our innovative faculty and staff we’ve been able to maintain Western’s commitment to providing a superb education at a reasonable cost.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to several metrics, including admission rate, percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include financial aid and average debt at graduation, according to Kiplinger’s press release.

Western has been on the list for several years. It ranked 93rd in 2014, 74th in 2013, and 81st in 2012.

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