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West Chester, A Kiplinger “BEST BUY”

West Chester is one of three Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 “best buys” among 500 public four-year colleges and universities around the country.

According to the Washington, D.C. – based personal finance magazine, schools that top the 100 best values in public colleges are “noteworthy for their combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs.”

Measures of academic quality, which constitute almost 2/3 of a school’s total score, include the percentage of the 2006-07 freshman class who scored 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT (or 24 or higher on the ACT), admission rates, freshman retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates.

The “best buy” rankings for public schools also take into account total costs for in-state students, the average costs for students with need (after subtracting grants, but not loans,) and for those without need (after subtracting non-need based grants,) the average percentage of need met by need-based assistance, and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

The other two Pa. schools joining West Chester in the rankings were the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

For information, go to www.Kiplinger.com