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Wake Forest among 4 N.C. private universities to make best-value list

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest University was one of four North Carolina schools recognized for best values among private universities and liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, it was announced Friday.

Wake Forest was ranked 24th on the magazine’s top 100 list for private universities.

“We are pleased that Kiplinger’s has recognized Wake Forest’s longtime commitment to academic quality and value,” Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch said in a prepared statement. “Over the next five years, ‘Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest,’ will help us create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence among our next generation of students.”

Kiplinger’s annually ranks best values in private colleges and universities that combine outstanding economic value with high-quality education. The overall rankings are divided into two lists, one featuring 100 private, liberal arts colleges and the other featuring 100 private universities.

Selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality and affordability. Kiplinger’s methodology takes into account competitiveness, graduation rates, academic support, cost and financial aid, and student indebtedness.

Three other North Carolina schools are included on the best values list: Duke University (No. 5) and Elon University (No. 22) were ranked on the private universities list. Davidson College was ranked eighth on the list of liberal arts colleges.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings will appear in the December 2013 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine that goes on sale Nov. 5. The expanded list is available at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.