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Kiplinger’s Names Trinity a 2018 Best Value

Friday, January 5, 2018
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The national financial magazine cites Trinity University’s strong academic record and great economic value

by Susie P. Gonzalez

Kiplinger has named Trinity University to the 300 Best College Values for 2018, a list that now combines public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Trinity has achieved the rank of No. 26 in Private Universities and No. 81 among all 300 colleges.

The full rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 9.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” says Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

Kiplinger’s assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation. According to the site, Trinity awards financial aid to 94 percent of students.

The magazine also includes an estimate of future earnings, using each school’s post-graduation earnings. The data does not consider whether workers graduated from college or went on to graduate school, limitations that prevent the magazine from including these calculations into the rankings. Calling the earnings a “salary yardstick,” the amount projected for Trinity graduates is $54,000 per year.

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times.

Trinity University, one of the nation’s top undergraduate institutions, is known for its challenging and supportive academic environment, personalized attention from outstanding faculty, large school resources, post-graduate preparation, and vibrant campus life. Trinity encourages students to discover, grow, and become global citizens engaged with the community and the world. An urban oasis in the heart of America’s seventh largest city, the Trinity campus encompasses 125 acres noted for its red brick buildings, native live oaks, parklike grounds, and sparkling fountains.Trinity’s 2,506 undergraduate and graduate students come from 48 states and 44 countries. Students choose from 47 majors, 59 minors, and five master’s degrees that integrate conceptual and experiential learning, emphasize undergraduate research, and develop strong leadership skills. For more information on Trinity University, click here.

Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or @susiegonz.