George Fox ranks nationally in 'Kiplinger's' list of 'Best Value' private colleges

George Fox ranked No. 4 among schools in the 113-member Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and No. 80 overall in George Fox students get one of the top values among private universities in the United States. According to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, the criteria of value is based upon measurable standards that include cost, student debt, admissions selectivity, average test scores, student-faculty ratio and graduation rates.

Kiplinger’s ranks George Fox No. 80 overall for “best value” and No. 4 among schools in the 113-member Council of Christian Colleges & Universities. In fact, our graduates have the least debt among all CCCU schools in the category.

Ranking among CCCU schools

George Fox ranked No. 80 overall and No. 4 among schools in the 113-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in the publication’s “Private Universities” category. Princeton University and Yale University ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the list of private universities that best combine outstanding quality with affordability.

Among CCCU colleges that earned a spot in the top-100 private universities list, only Union University (No. 61), Whitworth University (No. 62) and Point Loma Nazarene University (No. 67) ranked higher than George Fox, making the Oregon institution the highest-ranked Christian college in the state in Kiplinger’s assessment of overall quality and value. Kiplinger's also produces top-100 lists for liberal arts colleges and public colleges.

Rankings criteria

Each year, Kiplinger's assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the percentage of students who are admitted out of those who applied, the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates.

This year, Kiplinger's adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate – a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall cost to families – and to colleges that keep student debt down.

The formula to determine rankings considered cost and financial aid (31.25 percent), competitiveness (25 percent), academic support (12.5 percent), graduation rates (18.75 percent) and student indebtedness (12.5 percent).

“The institutions on Kiplinger’s rankings for best value in private colleges represent schools that provide high-quality academics as well as affordable cost even in these tough times,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “With money tight and the college choice so important, you have every reason to expect the best bang for your buck.”

Most families pay 'net price'

On the surface, private colleges are too pricey for many families, charging an average total amount of about $37,000 a year, according to the College Board. But the net price – the amount families actually pay – runs far less, making even the most elite schools affordable for students who qualify for financial aid. For example, at George Fox, the average financial aid package of $21,749 reduces the total cost to attend significantly.

In fact, George Fox’s average debt at graduation ($18,428) was the lowest among the CCCU schools in the private universities category.

The annual college rankings appear in the magazine’s December issue, on newsstands Nov. 8. An expanded ranking with a total of 200 private institutions appears on Kiplinger’s website, at The magazine specializes in articles on savings and investments, taxes, money management, home ownership and many other personal finance topics, according to the magazine's website.

In addition to the Kiplinger’s evaluation, George Fox is rated as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News & World Report in that publication’s 2011-12 rankings, released in August.

Kiplinger's Top 100 "Best Value" Private Universities

  • 1. Princeton University (NJ)
  • 2. Yale University (CT)
  • 3. California Institute of Technology (CA)
  • 4. Rice University (TX)
  • 5. Harvard University (MA)
  • 6. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (PA)
  • 7. Duke University (NC)
  • 8. Columbia University (NY)
  • 9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • 10. Stanford University (CA)
  • 11. Brown University (RI)
  • 12. University of Richmond (VA)
  • 13. Emory University (GA)
  • 14. Dartmouth College (NH)
  • 15. Washington University, St. Louis (MO)
  • 16. University of Chicago (IL)
  • 17. Georgetown University (DC)
  • 18. University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • 19. Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • 20. Northwestern University (IL)
  • 21. Corvell University (NY)
  • 22. Boston College (MA)
  • 23. Brandeis University (MA)
  • 24. Tufts University (MA)
  • 25. The Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • 26. Wake Forest University (NC)
  • 27. Trinity University (TX)
  • 28. Clark University (MA)
  • 29. Lehigh University (PA)
  • 30. Gonzaga University (WA)
  • 31. Villanova University (PA)
  • 32. The George Washington University (DC)
  • 33. Bentley University (MA)
  • 34. Elon University (NC)
  • 35. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
  • 36. University of Miami (FL)
  • 37. Emerson College (MA)
  • 38. Marist College (NY)
  • 39. Southern California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • 40. Tulane University (LA)
  • 41. Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • 42. University of Rochester (NY)
  • 43. Northeastern University (MA)
  • 44. University of Santa Clara (CA)
  • 45. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • 46. University of Portland (OR)
  • 47. American University (DC)
  • 48. Providence College (RI)
  • 49. University of Denver (CO)
  • 50. Boston University (MA)
  • 51. Syracuse University (NY)
  • 52. Pepperdine University (CA)
  • 53. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
  • 54. Marquette University (WI)
  • 55. Loyola University (MD)
  • 56. Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • 57. New York University (NY)
  • 58. Rensseiaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
  • 59. Fordham University (NY)
  • 60. Loyola Marymount (CA)
  • 61. Union University (TN)
  • 62. Whitworth University (WA)
  • 63. Creighton University (NE)
  • 64. Drake University (IA)
  • 65. Samford University (AL)
  • 66. Drury University (MO)
  • 67. Point Loma University (CA)
  • 68. Brigham Young University (UT)
  • 69. Bradley University (IL)
  • 70. Ithaca College (NY)
  • 71. Xavier University (OH)
  • 72. Baylor University (TX)
  • 73. Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH)
  • 74. Rollins College (FL)
  • 75. Yeshiva University (NY)
  • 76. Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)
  • 77. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • 78. Saint Michael's College (VT)
  • 79. Lebanon Valley College (PA)
  • 80. George Fox University (OR)
  • 81. John Carroll University (OH)
  • 82. Hood College (MD)
  • 83. Baker University (KS)
  • 84. Butler University (IN)
  • 85. University of Tulsa (OK)
  • 86. Rockhurst University (MO)
  • 87. Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
  • 88. Chapman University (CA)
  • 89. Seattle University (WA)
  • 90. University of Dayton (OH)
  • 91. Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)
  • 92. Valparaiso University (IN)
  • 93. Maryville University of Saint Louis (MO)
  • 94. Canisius College (NY)
  • 95. University of San Diego (CA)
  • 96. University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • 97. Manhattan College (NY)
  • 98. Loyola University, New Orleans (LA)
  • 99. Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)
  • 100. Bethel University, St. Paul (MN)

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