Kiplinger's names Hanover a best-value college

For the third year in a row, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Hanover College on its list of the country’s best values in private education. The New York-based publication’s annual list ranks 100 liberal arts college and 100 private universities.

Citing Hanover for its high first-to-second-year retention rate, Kiplinger’s also noted the College’s low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value.

The annual Kiplinger top-100 rankings appear in the magazine’s December issue — on newsstands November 5. An expanded ranking with 200 private institutions appears on Kiplinger’s Web site, at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

Each year, Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the percentage of admitted students versus those who applied, the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members and the four- and five-year graduation rates.

“With President Obama’s recent emphasis on rating colleges and universities based on their value, our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year’s list offer the best of both worlds.”