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West Chester Is Again Named a Kiplinger's 100 Best Value

Only three Pennsylvania universities are on this year's Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of the 100 best values in public higher education, and West Chester University is one. Kiplinger's recognizes four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

Kiplinger's evaluates data from nearly 600 schools using Peterson's Undergraduate Database. Their formula: 45 percent cost factors, 55 percent quality factors. Their measurable standards of quality include the admission rate; the percentage of students who return for sophomore year; the student-faculty ratio; and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices; abundant financial aid; and low average debt at graduation.

West Chester is among the top 20 schools on the list when assessed by cost for both in-state and out-of-state students.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2014 issue and online.