Centenary named a "Best College Value" by Kiplinger's


December 15, 2016

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College is one of the top 100 best values among private universities, according to the annual “Best College Values” rankings released today by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The College was also included in the magazine’s Top 300 Best College Values of 2017, a ranking that combines public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list.

“We know that Centenary provides a high-caliber liberal arts education that emphasizes lifelong learning and sets students on a path for success,” said Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “We also realize that a college education is a significant investment for students and families, so it is important that Centenary is being recognized nationally for delivering these benefits at an outstanding value.”

Kiplinger 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. At Kiplinger.com, prospective students and families have access to a comparison tool that lets users sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation, and other criteria for all schools.

“There’s no way around it: College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings—which weigh affordability alongside academic quality—our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

The complete rankings are now available online at Kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 3.

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