Samford University ranks No. 34 among private universities and No. 115 nationally among all public, private and liberal arts colleges and universities analyzed for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2019 “Best College Values” list, released on July 25. The university is also the highest ranked of all private and public universities in Alabama.
In its evaluation of nearly 1,200 four-year institutions, Kiplinger’s identifies the colleges and universities that offer “high-quality education at an affordable price,” based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability.
First introduced in 1998, Kiplinger’s value rankings have become increasingly important to prospective students as concerns about the cost of attending college have grown. This year, the publisher revised its evaluation by increasing emphasis on measures of academic quality, including student-to-faculty ratio, student retention and graduation rates. Samford reports a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, a 90.3% freshman retention rate and 96% of undergraduate alumni are working or in further study within six months of graduation. The Kiplinger’s ranking also examines the costs of attendance, including affordability, levels of financial aid for qualifying students, and student debt upon graduation. Quality criteria account for 55% of total points, and cost criteria account for 45%.
Read the full report of the Best College Values and the list of Best Values.
College Consensus also recognized Samford with a No. 3 ranking on its list of Best Christian Colleges and Universities 2019. College Consensus is a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews. To identify the Best Christian Colleges and Universities 2019, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to Consensus editors, “College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools.”
“The College Consensus methodology pulls together rankings from U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and Wallethub, averaging all of a given school’s numbers to get the Publisher Rating. Then we average student reviews from sites like Cappex, Niche, Student Review, and more, to get the full picture of how students see their colleges, which we call the Student Review Rating. Put them together, and we have the College Consensus.” See the full list here.
“We are pleased that Samford continues to be recognized for the quality and value of our academic programs,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “While national rankings are just one measure of our progress, they continue to affirm our growing reputation as one of the nation’s premier Christian institutions of higher learning.”