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Wilson College named in U.S. News & World Report

August 27, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College is a leader among colleges offering a high-quality education at a reasonable price, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" issue, which names Wilson the No. 1 best value college in its category.

Highlights of the rankings will be printed in the magazine's September issue, which will be available on newsstands on Tuesday.

Wilson ranked 15th overall in the category of best regional colleges focused on undergraduate education in the northern region, up from a ranking of 17th in the category last year, according to a news release. It is the eighth consecutive year that Wilson has been recognized in the rankings.

U.S. News examined 70 colleges in the northern region to determine Wilson's placement.

For the 10th straight year, Wilson has been honored as a best value college in the North, moving up from seventh to first in the category for regional colleges in the North. The category considers a school's academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

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The higher the quality and the lower the cost, the better the deal, according to the U.S. News rankings.

"I cannot imagine a better category in which to be ranked first than as a 'best value' college," Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, Wilson's president, said in the news release. "To be recognized nationally for giving all qualified students the opportunity to pursue a Wilson education, no matter what their financial circumstances may be, is very rewarding."

U.S. News uses a variety of data to calculate the "Best Colleges" rankings for regional colleges, including such factors as assessments by administrators at peer institutions (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving rates (5 percent).

In addition, Wilson was listed among all regional colleges with a high proportion of classes under 20 students. According to U.S. News, 82 percent of Wilson's classes have fewer than 20 students.

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