Kiplinger’s Names Saint Anselm One of the ‘Best College Values’

August 7, 2019

By Laura Lemire

Saint Anselm College has been named to Kiplinger’s 2019 “Best College Values” list which assesses colleges and universities on academic quality and affordability.

Among 500 institutions, Saint Anselm ranked #156; among liberal arts schools, #76. Kiplinger’s criterion for selection is to meet their definition of value: “a high-quality education at an affordable price.”

“Being named to Kiplinger’s 2019 ‘Best College Values’ list affirms Saint Anselm’s commitment to provide a transformational education at an affordable cost," says Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, college president. "This is at the core to our Catholic and Benedictine mission and we will continue to partner with parents and students to make a Saint Anselm education accessible. Our inclusion on this list is a recognition that Saint Anselm’s regional and national reputation is growing exponentially.”

Introduced in 1998, Kiplinger’s rankings were expanded to include 400 public, private, and liberal arts schools. It provides an overall ranking and then additional lists of top values in each category. Find more information on rankings and methodology»

The ranking’s methodology evaluates student-to-faculty ratio, the test scores of incoming freshmen, and the percentage of students who return for sophomore year as well as four-year graduation rates. Bonus points are given to those institutions that do well graduating students with financial need. Kiplinger’s also finds schools with affordable tuition, generous aid, and low post-graduate student debt.

In 2018, Saint Anselm set new records for enrollment, retention and graduation when for the first time in Saint Anselm College’s 129-year history, total college enrollment surpassed 2,000 – reaching 2,015 degree-seeking students. At that time, the most recent retention rate for first-year students was at 91% and the four-year graduation rate was 81%.

In just a few weeks, the college will welcome the members of the class of 2023, which is by far the strongest academically qualified class in college history, with an average high school GPA of 3.36.

The Princeton Review
In addition to Kiplinger’s, Saint Anselm was once again named to The Princeton Review’s “385 Best Colleges” 2020 list. The college was ranked #15 in the nation for Best Campus Food and was also included on the “Best Northeastern” and “Best Value Colleges” lists.

The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics. This year, Saint Anselm College received an academic rating of 89, and comments from students surveyed on their classroom experiences included: “Students call Saint Anselm a ‘close knit yet academically motivating environment, with countless opportunities to gain internship and other leadership experiences.’ ‘The education here is incredible,’ says a Forensic Science major, and ‘the teachers are more than happy to help you succeed.’ Students feel ‘challenged and enthused’ by their professors and note that ‘discussions inside and outside of class are fantastic.’

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, “The Best 385 Colleges” rankings are based on surveys of 140,000 students at 385 top colleges, including a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in seven categories, as well as ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories.

An average of 359 student surveys per campus are the basis upon which ranking lists are annually tallied. Amongst other things, the findings from these surveys determine the "Students Say" lists featured on school profiles, covering topics on which the students showed the highest level of consensus. Find more information on rankings and methodology »

The college also received a campus quality of life rating of 93, highlighting the range of campus activities and experiential learning opportunities available, as well as the college's emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service.

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