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Earlham College named a 2014 Best Private College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

October 17, 2013

Earlham College has once again been recognized as one of the country’s best values for a private liberal arts education.

In its annual rankings released today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance includes Earlham in the Top 100 of private colleges nationwide that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

This is the second time this year that Earlham has been recognized for its value on a national level. In September, Earlham was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of just 40 “Great Schools at a Great Price” nationwide among national liberal arts colleges.

“These distinctions reinforce Earlham’s standing as a national leader in liberal arts education,” Earlham President David Dawson says.  “We pay careful attention to the concerns of students and parents about college costs, and this recognition verifies that we are on track in offering the essential benefits of a liberal arts education with a valued approach.”

According to Kiplinger’s, Earlham exemplifies the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

Kiplinger’s criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

“With President Barack Obama’s recent emphasis on rating colleges and universities based on their value, our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year’s list offer the best of both worlds.”

For more information about these distinctions, visit www.kiplinger.com/links/college and www.usnews.com.

Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

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