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Santa Clara University Named a 2011-12 Best Value Private College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 —For a fifth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Santa Clara University one of the best values in private colleges, ranking No. 44 on this year's Best Values in Private Colleges 2011-12 list. Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value. The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, Nov. 8—and online now at
Santa Clara University and the other schools included in the 2011-12 lists represent the colleges that are providing high quality academics, in addition to great cost value even during these tough economic times. These private colleges exemplify the traits parents and students want when looking into higher education options: small class sizes, many financial aid options, high four-year graduation rate and low debt for students after graduation.
This year, Kiplingeradjusted 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. While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times including Santa Clara University, a testament to the truly great value these colleges provide.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see
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