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Appalachian listed 10th in Kiplinger’s ‘24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year’

BOONE—Appalachian State University remains a “best value” in the nation according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Appalachian is ranked 10th in the publication’s “24 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year, 2015” list and 39th in the nation among “Best Values in Public Colleges, 2015.”

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The rankings are based on data from the 2013-14 academic year, known as the Common Data Set, and include measures of academic quality, cost and financial aid. Also considered are a university’s admissions competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support, including freshman retention rates and student debt.

The total in-state cost at Appalachian for a student residing on campus including estimated book expenses was $14,928, according to the publication. Total cost for out-of-state students living on campus was $28,095.

The average cost of attending the university for students receiving need-based aid was $7,372, while the cost for students receiving non-need-based aid was $12,248.

The average debt at graduation was listed as $20,467. The freshman retention rate was 87 percent. The four-year graduation rate for students entering the university in 2007 was 42 percent.

The schools on Kiplinger’s “24 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year, 2015” list are:

  1. SUNY Geneseo
  2. Brigham Young University
  3. Berea College
  4. Truman State University
  5. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  6. University of Minnesota, Morris
  7. Hunter College (CUNY)
  8. University of South Florida
  9. Queens College (CUNY)
  10. Appalachian State University
  11. California State University, Long Beach
  12. SUNY Oneonta
  13. Oklahoma State University
  14. Salisbury University
  15. Iowa State University of Science and Technology
  16. University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
  17. SUNY Plattsburgh
  18. SUNY New Paltz
  19. Western Carolina University
  20. Texas Tech University
  21. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  22. University of Northern Iowa
  23. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  24. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Carolina universities in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges, 2015” ranking are:

12. N.C. State
35. UNC-Wilmington
39. Appalachian
51. UNC-Asheville
67. Western Carolina University