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Awards / Honors

CSU among the 'Best Values in Public Colleges 2012' ranked by Kiplinger's

January 9, 2012

Colorado State University has been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2011-12.

John D. Williams, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, holds class in the newly renovated Andrew G. Clark building.The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

An outstanding educational experience at a very reasonable cost

“This latest ranking is recognition that Colorado State University continues to provide outstanding educational experiences at a very reasonable cost,” said Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president at Colorado State. “We continue to have record enrollments of excellent students who are experiencing outstanding academic programs; and this is a tribute to our faculty who are not only dedicated to student success but who also bring more than $300 million in annual research expenditures into the university community. We strive to have an access-oriented tuition policy without compromising academic excellence, research and service to the community.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality and affordability according to a number of measurable standards. This year, Kiplinger’s revamped the rankings to give more weight to academic value, such as the percentage of students who return for sophomore year and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low overall cost, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same. 

‘Value’ is more significant than ever

“As states cut funding for higher education and tuition continues to climb, the word ‘value’ is more significant than ever,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 public schools deliver strong academics at reasonable prices. We applaud these institutions for tightening their belts without compromising quality.”

The magazine ranking follows several other national recognitions at Colorado State this year.