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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.

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