Towson University is once again one of 100 “best values in public colleges,” says Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, whose list ranks four-year institutions that deliver a quality education at an affordable price.
Towson has been included in this list for five consecutive years.
In compiling the list, the financial magazine analyzes more than 500 public schools for academic caliber—including admissions and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, test scores of incoming freshmen and graduation rates. It also analyzes total cost and financial aid availability.
“The college landscape today is very different—tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
“This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students.”
Recently, tuition at private colleges has cost an average $40,917 a year—a sharp contrast to Towson’s current tuition and fees of just under $8,400 for Maryland residents and just more than $20,000 for out-of-state students.
“At Towson we strive to offer our students the highest quality of education at an affordable price,” says President Maravene Loeschke. “It is an honor to be recognized by Kiplinger’s for those efforts.”
The annual public school rankings appear in the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s, as well as on its website.