Kiplinger’s Personal Finance includes Appalachian in 2018 ‘Best Values in Public Colleges’

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University ranks among 300 institutions named in the 2018 “Best Values in Colleges” list published within Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Appalachian is listed 29th in Kiplinger’s list of “Best Values in Public Colleges” and 111th among all colleges.

The publication said it defines value as a high-quality education at an affordable price.

Kiplinger’s editors said they start with data from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year schools provided by Peterson’s and narrow the list to the top schools based on measures of academic quality, (including admission rates, test scores of incoming freshmen, student-faculty ratios, freshman retention and graduation rates), as well as cost and financial aid measures.

“The value of an Appalachian education is realized in ways beyond our very competitive tuition rates,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “Appalachian’s nationally recognized success with graduation and retention rates is evidence of the deliberate, thoughtful and data-driven work we do to ensure our students’ success and keep the cost of their college education low.”

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Cindy Barr said 74 percent of Appalachian graduates are paying off their college loan debt as compared to the 46 percent national average. *

She attributes early success in the marketplace as one contributing factor to this high level of debt settlement. Within one year of graduation, Barr said, 86 percent of Appalachian’s 2015-16 undergraduate students and 93 percent of graduate students were employed or enrolled in postsecondary education. **

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* College Scorecard data

** Career Development Center, Fall 2017

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance includes Appalachian in 2018 ‘Best Values in Public Colleges’
Published: Jan 30, 2018 4:42pm