Swarthmore Noted As Best Value
By Kiplinger's Personal Finance
by Nancy Nicely
Swarthmore College has been named a Best Value in Private Colleges in the December issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. The College is ranked second among liberal arts colleges.
The primary factors considered in the ratings were academic quality and affordability, as measured by admission rate, graduation rate, total cost, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, cost after non-need-based aid, non-need-based aid, and average debt at graduation.
Swarthmore admits domestic students without regard to their ability to pay for their education, maintaining a need-blind admission policy. The College's financial aid awards are granted to meet the full value of each family's demonstrated financial need without loan.
Earlier this year Swarthmore was ranked first in the Princeton Review's 100 "Best Value Colleges." The Princeton Review also found that Swarthmore students ranked the school highest in levels of satisfaction with financial aid award packages.