Azusa, Calif. – Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, named Azusa Pacific University as one of the top 100 best values in private colleges. APU ranked 96th nationally and was 1 of 11 private colleges recognized in California, including the University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and Pepperdine University.

“We are pleased to make the list, and know that parents and students are looking at a variety of tools to make informed decisions about college,” said David Dufault-Hunter, vice president of enrollment management. “It's important that we all continue to provide value as it relates to the high cost of a college degree. APU is committed to offering an outstanding education at an accessible price to as many families as possible.”

According to Kiplinger, “To determine our best values, we start with indicators of high quality, such as small class sizes, a high-achieving incoming class, a satisfied clientele (measured by how many students return after freshman year), and graduation rates that reflect the school’s ability to deliver its education—and a degree—within four or five years.”

Originally Kiplinger looked at 600 private institutions provided by Peterson’s, a guide to college information, and then added their own reporting. Ultimately, when deciding which schools would make their list for best value, Kiplinger used a combination of quality and affordability dimensions.

Kiplinger publishes a variety of single-topic newsstand issues, including their rankings of best values in private colleges and liberal arts colleges. One of their best-known publications, The Kiplinger Letter, is a weekly business and economic forecasting periodical for people in management.

Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
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