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CSU among Kiplinger's 'Top 100 Best Values'


Colorado State University is ranked among the 2011 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's.

Finance and Real Estate professor Robert Schwebach works with a student Garcia on the Bloomberg System Database in the Gary B. Halley Financial Data Lab and Classroom.According to Kiplinger's, colleges and universities in their "Top 100 Best Values" continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices.

Providing an excellent education at a reasonable cost

"This ranking is an acknowledgement that Colorado State University continues to provide an outstanding educational experience at a very reasonable cost – as measured relative to other leading institutions and in an absolute sense,” said Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president at Colorado State. “We are fortunate to have internationally renowned faculty, top-ranked academic programs and an excellent student body committed to discovery, application and engagement. This ranking is supported by the fact that CSU is in its fourth year of consecutive record enrollment and three years of annual research expenditures that top $300 million.”

More than 500 public colleges and universities evaluated

Kiplinger’s methodology for determining the best values in public education includes data on more than 500 top public institutions and ranks quality measures such as admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen and four- and six-year graduation rates. Also part of the ranking is cost data including tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students. Institutions listed among the top values are based on a combination of academic quality and affordability.

Kiplinger's Colorado State University Profile

• Student/faculty ratio: 17
• 4-year graduation rate: 36%
• 6-year graduation rate: 64%
• In-state total costs: $16,855
• In-state costs after aid: $11,685
• Total out-of-state costs: $32,965
• Out-of-state costs after aid: $27,795
• Percentage met by aid: 74%
• Average debt at graduation: $20,432
• In-state rank: 90
• Out-of-state rank: 99