Kiplinger rated West Chester University as one of the top 100 best values in public colleges in the nation this week.
West Chester ranked 71 among public colleges for in-state students and 57 for out-of-state students. Only two other Pennsylvania colleges made the list: University of Pittsburgh and Penn State Main Campus.
University of Pittsburgh ranked 38 for in-state students and 17 for out-of-stae while Penn State ranked 48 for in-state and 31 for out-of-state.
Here's how Kiplinger makes its selections from its website:
We start with data on nearly 600 public institutions and sort the schools based on quality measures -- such as the admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and six-year graduation rates. We then add cost data -- including tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students -- and re-rank the institutions. It is this combination of academic quality and affordability -- not any desire on our part to exclude a particular school -- that determines which schools make our list for best value.