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Kiplinger's names JMU a best value college 2015

by Janet Smith


James Madison University ranks 34th on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. The university also ranks No. 164 among all public and private colleges in the company’s Top 300 Best College Values of 2016.

Kiplinger’s value rankings are based on academic quality and affordability standards, including admission rates, freshman retention, student-faculty ratios, four-year graduation rates, cost and average debt at graduation.

In the 2016 best values reporting JMU has a 66 percent admission rate. The freshman retention rate is 92 percent and the four-year graduation rate is 65 percent. The student-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. The annual costs for an in-state student are $20,290, which includes tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated book expense. The average debt at graduation is $23,732.

The complete rankings are available at and will appear in the February 2016 issue of the personal finance magazine.

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Dec. 17, 2015

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Published: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019

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