Butler University has made Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of the best values in private colleges for 2015.
Butler ranked 60th overall—up one spot from 2014.
Butler also finished 194th among all schools. This was the first time the magazine put together a combined list.
Kiplinger said its rankings “reward schools that meet our definition of value – a high-quality education at an affordable price. Among the factors that we consider: high four-year graduation rates, low student-faculty ratios, reasonable price tags, generous need-based aid for students who qualify and low student debt.”
Butler President James M. Danko said the findings demonstrate that “Butler is committed to providing a strong return on the investment that students—and their families—make in their education.”
The complete rankings include the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges. The rankings will also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 6, 2015.
Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the value side, Kiplinger’s measures total cost of attendance, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.
This is the sixth time Butler has appeared in the Kiplinger rankings. In recent years, the University was No. 66 (in 2010), No. 84 (2011), No. 73 (2012), and No. 61 (2014).