McDaniel College is again named a ‘best value’ private college by Kiplinger’s personal finance
McDaniel College is among the top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list. The rankings are currently available online, and will be published in the magazine’s December issue (on newsstands Tuesday, November 6).
The 200 colleges and universities that make Kiplinger’s list provide strong academics and affordability. Colleges and universities are assessed based on cost and financial aid, competitiveness, academic support, graduation rates, and student indebtedness.
According to Kiplinger’s, “All 100 [liberal arts] schools on our list offer the academic quality and affordability that meet our definition of value. The colleges were ranked according to various factors, including four-year graduation rate, student debt at graduation and low class size.”
At McDaniel, 90 percent of first-year students receive merit and/or need-based financial aid to offset the sticker price (tuition, fees, books, room and board). The current freshmen class includes a record number of students of color and almost 40 percent are among the first-generation in their families to attend college.
In addition to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, McDaniel was again included in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News. Washington Monthly named McDaniel among the 254 top liberal arts college’s in the magazine's annual college rankings and the college was named sixth in the nation for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). McDaniel was also recognized nationally among 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”
Dr. Roger N. Casey, president of McDaniel College, said, “McDaniel continues to gain national recognition and visibility as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. What sets McDaniel apart is our student-centered curriculum delivered in small classes by dynamic faculty offering our students the flexible learning plans to prepare them for their future. Access is another hallmark of the college and we continue to attract the best and brightest students regardless of their financial circumstances.”