Centenary named "Best College Value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College is once again rated among the top 100 best values among private colleges, 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 2018, a ranking that combines public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list.

“This recognition is significant because it reflects both the outstanding education that Centenary provides its students as well as the College’s efforts to make that education affordable for as many students and families as possible,” says Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “I am grateful to the faculty and staff who prepare our students for a meaningful life and career and to our donors who give us the ability to provide substantial scholarship support to virtually all of our students.”

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.

“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.”

The complete rankings are now available online at Kiplinger.com/links/colleges and will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 9. At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the “Find the Best College for You” tool and other resources that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation, and other criteria.

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