UW News

July 26, 2019

UW moves up to No. 5 on Kiplinger’s list of ‘best value’ public universities

UW News

The University of Washington is now fifth on Kiplinger’s list of best values among U.S. public universities, according to a new ranking published this week. Last year, the UW placed No. 7.

The magazine defines value as a high-quality education at an affordable price.

In creating the list, Kiplinger says that it considers strong academics, including a competitive admission rate, a low student-to-faculty ratio and a record of getting students out of school on time. It looks for schools with reasonable price tags, solid financial aid for students who qualify, and low average debt among students who borrow. For the public colleges list, the magazine ranks the schools according to in-state costs, and calculates out-of-state costs separately for the out-of-state ranking.

Kiplinger’s data show that the cost for in-state students, after need-based aid, was $9,665 per year at the UW. Average debt at graduation was $19,880.

Earlier this month, UW placed No. 1 on a CNBC ranking that rated schools based on value and UW Bothell came in at No. 2.