COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 8, 2008 – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine again ranks Texas A&M University among the top 25 “best values in public colleges.” The magazine’s 2008 rankings, which its editors say focus on public colleges and universities “that combine outstanding economic value with top-notch education,” arrived on newsstands today (Tuesday, Jan. 8).
The magazine has been publishing its annual analysis of the nation’s 100 best values in public higher education since 1998. The editors say they select their top 100 school from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities and rank them according to academic quality, cost and financial aid.
“Schools that made the list keep costs down through creative financing,” notes a Kiplinger’s Personal Finance representative.
This is the latest national ranking in which Texas A&M has fared well, university officials note.
In August, Texas A&M was cited as the top-ranked institution in The Washington Monthly’s new “College Guide,” which its editors say focuses on “tangible contributions to the public interest.” The publication, based in Washington, D.C., has consistently ranked Texas A&M among the top five institutions in its annual rankings, but this year’s guide is the first to rank it No. 1.
In Washington Monthly’s announcement of its rankings, the editors said they rate individual schools on such factors as the degree to which they encourage students to serve in ROTC programs, the Peace Corps and other service programs, along with their emphasis on research that drives economic growth. “While other guides ask, ‘What can colleges do for you?’ The Washington Monthly asks, ‘What are colleges doing for the country?’,” its editors say.
Earlier, Texas A&M was ranked third nationally among public universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The Princeton Review, also out this month with its annual college guide, included Texas A&M in its “best values” listings. Barron’s also listed Texas A&M in similar ratings in its most recent guide.