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Kiplinger's names Loyola a "best value" among nation’s private universities

| By Nick Alexopulos

For the third consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Loyola University Maryland one of the nation’s best values in private colleges and universities for 2012-13.

Loyola ranked no. 64 among the top 100 private universities recognized for combining outstanding academic quality with affordability. The top 100 liberal arts colleges were ranked separately. Kiplinger’s rankings are based solely on measurable criteria, such as financial aid and cost, competitiveness, and student debt upon graduation.

“The inclusion of Loyola among Kiplinger’s best value schools is a strong affirmation of the quality of students’ educational experiences and the value of a Loyola University Maryland degree,” said Marc Camille, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management and communications at Loyola. “Considering the significant financial investments families are asked to make when choosing a private education, we remain committed at Loyola to providing rigorous programs that help prepare students for meaningful success after graduation.”

Loyola’s average non-need-based aid awarded to each student and four-year graduation rate rank in the top third of all schools on the private universities list.

The Kiplinger’s ranking follows other recent recognitions of the value of a Loyola education. Earlier this year, compensation database PayScale.com ranked Loyola in the top 5% of U.S. universities for mid-career salary potential and top 10% of U.S. universities for return on investment. In addition, U.S. News & World Report included Loyola on the list of ‘Great Schools at Great Prices’ in its 2013 “Best Colleges” guide.

Loyola is one of 18 Jesuit institutions and one of only three Maryland schools recognized on the Kiplinger’s list this year. The full report can be found online and will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue.

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