Lawrence University has been named one of the country‚Äôs best values among private colleges by Kiplinger‚Äôs Personal Finance in its 2014 annual list of the top 100 private universities and top 100 liberal arts colleges from among the nation’s more than 2,100 four-year, not-for-profit, public and private colleges.
Lawrence, ranked 96th, and the other schools selected for the 2014 list, represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Kiplinger‚Äôs draws its list from colleges that exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.
‚ÄúIt may seem counterintuitive to have so many private colleges‚ÄĒwhich generally look quite expensive‚ÄĒlisted as ‚Äėvalues,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Ken Anselment, Lawrence‚Äôs dean of admissions and financial aid, ‚Äúbut Kiplinger‚Äôs has hit the right notes in their assessment by shining a light on the return on the investment. It‚Äôs a subtle, but important shift in perspective.‚ÄĚ
In compiling its rankings, Kiplinger‚Äôs measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen, student-faculty ratio, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger‚Äôs measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.
Founded in 1847,¬†Lawrence University¬†uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the¬†Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014¬†and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.