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December 22, 2017

UW ranks No. 7 among public universities on Kiplinger’s 300 ‘Best College Values’ for 2018

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The University of Washington is ranked No. 7 on Kiplinger’s 300 Best College Values for 2018 among public universities, released Friday. Last year, the UW was ranked. No. 12.

Introduced in 1998, the ranking is based on measurements of academic quality and affordability, and considers factors such as admission and four-year graduation rates, student-faculty ratio and freshman retention rate along with expenses, average debt and financial aid.

Kiplinger’s data show that the cost for in-state students, after need-based aid, was $8,916 per year at the UW. Average debt at graduation was $21,900. The UW was ranked No. 17 among public universities for out-of-state value — with a total annual cost of $33,480 after need-based aid — and No. 96 out of all of the 300 schools on the list.

The full rankings are available online and will appear in print in Kiplinger’s February 2018 issue.

To come up with its best values recommendations, the magazine first trims a list of 1,200 schools using measures of academic quality, then it ranks the remaining 300 schools based on cost and financial aid measures.