Kiplinger's recognizes JMU's value

by Janet Smith


James Madison University ranks No. 22 in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2014.

The annual list spotlights public four-year schools that Kiplinger’s ranks based on cost measures and financial aid. Cost factors account for 45 percent and quality factors account for 55 percent.

“James Madison University ranked #22 in the top 100 colleges thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price, and overall great value,” according to a news release distributed by Kiplinger’s.

JMU’s four-year graduation rate is 62 percent. The university’s competitive total cost per year for Virginia students ($18,656) and cost after need-based aid for in-state students ($11,251) also contributed to the favorable ranking. JMU graduates hold an average debt at graduation of $22,792.

Kiplinger’s analyzed data from nearly 600 public schools to determine its 100 best values for 2014. A complete list of the top schools is available at

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 Dec. 13, 2013

Published: Friday, December 13, 2013

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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