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Oct. 27, 2011
Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baker University named among Best Values in Private Colleges

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has been named one of the top 100 Best Values in Private Universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for combining outstanding quality with affordability. Baker, founded in 1858, was the lone Kansas institution listed in the 200-school rankings, which was divided into two categories: Private Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges. At No. 83, Baker has the highest ranking of any school in the Kansas City metropolitan area.Baker-0964

The report ranked the schools based on outstanding academics and great economic value. Baker was noted because of a high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value.

Earlier this semester, Baker was the highest-ranked Kansas school in the Midwest Regional category of the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

“Baker has always been known for its commitment to providing a first-rate education at an affordable cost,” University President Pat Long said. “Our financial aid office works diligently to ensure our students receive the best value, so it’s always a bonus to see that validated by numerous respected publications.”

Baker joined several prestigious national universities on the Kiplinger list.  Princeton University, Yale University, California Institute of Technology, Rice University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Columbia University, MIT and Stanford were the top 10. The full list of schools can be found at

This year, Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate — a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall cost to families — and to colleges that limit student debt.

“The institutions on Kiplinger’s rankings for best value in private colleges represent schools that provide high-quality academics as well as affordable cost even in these tough times,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The annual Kiplinger top-100 rankings will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue, scheduled to hit newsstands Nov. 8.

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation's first personal finance magazine. is the fastest growing website in the personal finance space.


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