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Four D.C. Colleges Rank as “Best Value”

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:11 PM EDT
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Four D.C. Colleges Rank as “Best Value”

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Georgetown University leads a group of private colleges in the District ranked as “best value” schools by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The annual list, released Wednesday, is based on the cost of tuition per year, financial aid and the quality of education. Kiplinger’s says quality accounts for more than half the calculation.

Georgetown ranked 17th nationally among private universities – the highest in the District of Columbia. According to Kiplinger’s, the total cost of tuition per year at Georgetown is more than $57,000, but students receive an average of more than $30,000 in need-based aid and Georgetown’s four-year graduation rate is 90 percent.

George Washington University was also named a “best value” school, ranked 49th on the list of private universities. American University was ranked 59th and the Catholic University of America was ranked 99th.

The University of Richmond, ranked number 10, was the only private school in Virginia to make the list. Johns Hopkins (23rd) and Loyola Maryland (64) made the list for Maryland.

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