Tri-State colleges earn high marks for value

August 26, 1998

Colleges from the Tri-State area are rated high for value, according to 1999 rankings released Monday by U.S. News & World Report.

Hood College

Hood College in Frederick, Md., was ranked the No. 1 best value among regional universities in the north, as well as one of America's best colleges.

Hood is now ranked 11th in the Best Regional Schools in the North category out of about 500 regional universities nationwide.

In the best overall regional liberal arts category, colleges are rated on class size, student-faculty ratio, academic reputation, retention, graduation rate and alumni giving, among other factors.


Wilson College

Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., was ranked among the best overall regional liberal arts colleges and among the best values for regional liberal arts colleges.

Wilson ranked second in the top 10 best values for liberal arts colleges in the northern region, with 81 percent of students receiving grants based on need.

Value rankings are based on a school's quality ranking and the net cost to a student who receives the average level of financial aid.

Wilson also ranked in the first tier of best regional liberal arts colleges in the region based on its student-faculty ratio and rate of alumni giving.

Shepherd College

Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., was recognized as one of 20 national liberal arts colleges whose 1997 graduating class had the smallest average debt load. This is the third consecutive year the school has earned such a ranking.

Shepherd was eighth on the low debt load list, according to the magazine. A total of 38 percent of the 1997 class had a debt average of $10,803.

The 1996 class graduated with 39 percent of the class carrying a debt average of $10,969.

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