Sept. 20, 1996

U.S. News ranks KU among 10 in Value

According to the editors of U.S. News & World Report, KU ranks among the top 10 national public universities for best value based on cost and quality of education.

The best-values list is in a special section on financing college in the Sept. 23 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The issue was available Sept. 16.

Among national universities, KU scored 10th among public institutions and 11th among both public and private schools for best value based on sticker price. A total of 50 national universities were included in the ranking. Other Big 12 Conference schools making the list were Texas A&M University at College Station (second), University of Texas at Austin (16th), Iowa State University at Ames (25th) and University of Missouri at Columbia (35th).

The U.S. News best-value ranking was devised to provide a realistic measure of where students can get the best education for the money. The ranking relates the cost of attending an institution - tuition, required fees, and room and board for the 1996-97 academic year - to its quality. Out-of-state tuition rates were used for public universities such as KU.

The magazine also ranked the undergraduate program at KU's School of Business as 46th best in the country in its Sept. 23 issue. The ranking is based on a reputation survey of administrators and deans.

"KU has a long-standing commitment to offering a high-quality education at an affordable price," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "It is a tremendous resource for Kansans as well as for out-of-state residents."

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