Kiplinger's names Elon a 2015 "Best Value" university

The annual ranking of private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Elon #35 in the nation based on acadamic quality and affordability.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance names Elon the #35 best value private university in the nation.

In its annual ranking of the 100 top values in private colleges and universities, Kiplinger’s ranks Elon #18 in total cost, and #35 in overall best value. The ranking is the ninth consecutive top-50 best value recognition of Elon by Kiplinger’s.

Kiplinger’s says Elon and the other top-value schools provide “a quality education at an affordable price.” Elon’s total cost is $10,000-$20,000 lower than most of the other top-35 private universities ranked by Kiplinger’s. Among the 100 best-value private universities, Elon is one of only 18 schools with a total annual cost of less than $43,000.

“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”

Elon is one of only six private universities in the Southeast/MidSouth region recognized by Kiplinger’s. Elon, Duke University and Wake Forest University are the only schools in the Carolinas and Virginia included in the private universities category.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

With a four-year graduation rate of 77 percent, Elon ranks #34 among the top 100 private universities. 

The top 35 schools in this year’s Kiplinger’s ranking of best-value private universities include the following:

  1. Princeton University
  2. Yale University
  3. Harvard University
  4. Rice University
  5. Duke University
  6. Vanderbilt University
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  9. Stanford University
  10. Dartmouth College
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. Cornell University
  13. Brown University
  14. Emory University
  15. University of Chicago
  16. Georgetown University
  17. Johns Hopkins University
  18. University of Notre Dame
  19. Washington University in St. Louis
  20. Northwestern University
  21. Tufts University
  22. Boston College
  23. Brigham Young University
  24. Clark University
  25. Lehigh University
  26. Wake Forest University
  27. University of Southern California
  28. University of Rochester
  29. Yeshiva University
  30. Stevens Institute of Technology
  31. Villanova University
  32. Bentley University
  33. Brandeis University
  34. Drake University
  35. Elon University