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Best College Value

The University of Dayton has been named a "best value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for exceptional academic quality and affordability.

The magazine listed the University among the nation’s top 300 best college values for 2018.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said editor Mark Solheim. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

The full rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in Kiplinger’s February 2018 issue, on newsstands Jan. 9.

The magazine examines the cost and quality of each institution, including data on the admission, graduation and retention rates; the faculty-to-student ratio; average student debt; and graduates’ median earnings after 10 years.

The University of Dayton has strengthened its commitment to affordability through its innovative tuition guarantee — a plan which helped the class of 2017 reduce student loan debt by $6 million dollars and set a record four-year graduation rate.

With a 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio, the University’s also offers students strong academic quality and opportunities for hands-on work and research experiences. As a result, nearly all — 96 percent — of recent University of Dayton graduates report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.


News and Communications Staff