Kiplinger's Personal Finance has placed Claremont McKenna College fifth on its list of The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Private Colleges for 2009-2010. The list ranks those private colleges and universities that combine outstanding economics value with exceptional education. CMC ranked 12th in the 2008-2009 report.
"Claremont McKenna College is dedicated to ensuring that a high-quality liberal arts education is available to all of our admitted students," said Georgette DeVeres, associate vice president of admission and financial aid. "The College's highest priorities are providing an exceptional academic experience while supporting our students with a strong financial aid program."
Additional highlights include CMC being ranked first in Percentage of Aid from Grants, second in Average Debt, eighth in Admission Rate, ninth in Cost After Need-Based Aid, and 11th in High Scorers.
Among The Claremont Colleges, Pomona College ranked first, Harvey Mudd College was ranked 24th and Scripps College 34th. Caltech topped the list for universities.
To rate each school, Kiplinger's took into account admission rate, SAT or ACT scores, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, total costs, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, cost after non-need-based aid, and average debt at graduation. Academic quality accounted for two-thirds of an institution's total score. This ranking, along with others conducted throughout the year, is but one indicator of a college's quality and impact.
The colleges and universities were selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson's. They were ranked according to academic quality and affordability. To view the complete article and methodology, visit www.kiplinger.com/reports/best-college-values/. The December issue of Kiplinger's will be on the newsstands November 10.