The College of New Jersey was ranked #29 in the top 100 colleges on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2017, up two spots from last year’s ranking. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine academic quality with affordability.
TCNJ ranks #29 for in-state tuition, and tops the list of New Jersey public institutions included in this ranking: Rutgers University—New Brunswick #33, Ramapo College #63.
Additionally, TCNJ ranks #22 on the Best Values in Public Colleges for Out-of-State Students list, which cites the college for its strong freshman-retention rate (95 percent) and competitive admission rate (49 percent).
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times—TCNJ included—a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.