RIT ranked a ‘best value’ private university by Kiplinger

List compares universities based on costs, aid, graduation rates and other factors

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Rochester Institute of Technology ranks among the country’s best values in private colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s Top 300 College Values of 2017.

Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 300 private universities, liberal arts colleges and public colleges, as well as separate lists in each of those categories.

RIT ranked 85th out of 100 on the list of private universities, and 266th among all colleges. The full list is available online, and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

“With our rankings—which weigh affordability alongside academic quality—our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

Criteria used in compiling the list include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), retention, academic support, student-faculty ratio, as well as tuition costs, availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, average student debt at graduation and median earnings of a university’s graduates over a 10-year period.