Illinois Wesleyan Again Named A Best Value by Kiplinger’s

March 10, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan moved to 37th in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2008 listing of the top-50 best values in private liberal arts colleges.  Kiplinger’s ranking combines the quality of a school’s education with its cost to come up with its value rating.

"Rankings may or may not be a true measure of any institution, but what's nice to be considered in any of the 'best value' lists that are put together is this is based on a combination of the quality of the education and the average cost per student," said Illinois Wesleyan Dean of Admissions Tony Bankston.

The annual private school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s April 2008 issue—on newsstands Tuesday, March 11—and online at: Kiplinger ranks 100 private institutions, with 50 being large private universities and 50 small private liberal arts colleges, like Illinois Wesleyan. These best values are selected from a pool of more than 1,000 private institutions.  Each is ranked according to academic quality and affordability—with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Rankings, methodology and other specifics are available at:

Kiplinger's editor Fred Frailey said, “Families fearing that private education is out of their financial reach should know that there are some outstanding deals to be had. Our list showcases a range of schools with strong academics, generous financial-aid practices and, in some cases, a decent price to begin with. You can receive a top-notch education without breaking the bank.”