Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has included the University of Dallas on its list of the country's best value liberal arts colleges for 2014. The publication's annual list was released Thursday, Oct. 17, ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.
The University of Dallas is one of only six Catholic liberal arts institutions and three in Texas to make the list.
This is the university's second year to be ranked by Kiplinger's. "We're excited to be named once again as one of Kiplinger's best values," said John Plotts, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. "We're especially pleased to be recognized for our small class sizes, and high freshman retention and four-year graduation rates."
Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members and four-year and five-year graduation rates. Kiplinger's measures the cost to attend, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid and the average student debt at graduation.
The full list is available online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
Already this year, the university has been recognized by the Princeton Review as a Best of the West (one of 121 colleges and universities), fourth in the "Most Religious Students" category and third in the "Most Popular Study Abroad Program" category. US News & World Report recognized UD as 13th among 121 other regional universities in the West Region and second among 31 other regional universities in Texas.