Aquinas College Named #11 Best Value Schools - Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

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Aquinas College has been ranked among the top 50 Best Colleges in the Midwest, according to the “Best Colleges 2019” rankings released by by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, Aquinas College has been ranked #11 Best Value - Regional Universities Midwest. The rating compares colleges across the country.

Among midwest schools, Aquinas College tied for #38 as a “Best College” and “Best Regional Universities” and moved up to the #11 place as a “Best Value” Regional Universities.

To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News & World Report takes into account both academic quality and cost. Other criteria include retention rate, class size, student-to-faculty ratio, acceptance rate and other metrics.

“Aquinas College is very committed to making education affordable,” said Kevin Quinn, President. “More than 90 percent of Aquinas students receive financial aid with the average financial aid package at more than $22,000. We understand that an investment in your education is an investment in your future, and we strive to make it easier for our students.”  

The calculation takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2019 U.S. Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News & World Reports considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

The ratio of quality to price accounted for 60 percent of the overall score; the percentage of all undergraduates receiving needs-based grants accounted for 25 percent, and the average discount accounted for 15 percent. Rankings of the colleges are published each fall and provide an opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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