Christendom College joins the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual rankings of the best values in private institutions, which lists private liberal arts colleges and universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price. Christendom College joins this elite list of liberal-arts colleges for the first time.

kiplingerChristendom was selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges. Christendom earned high marks in academic quality and affordability—with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total—placing it on the magazine’s list of top 100 schools.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings will appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—on newsstands November 9.

The average cost of one year at a four-year private school has lately been about $36,000, according to the College Board, with the increase for 2010-11 a relatively modest 4.5%. Christendom College’s cost, including room and board, comes in below average at $26,624.

“What’s more, some of the colleges on the Kiplinger rankings offer a net price below $20,000, making some of the best institutions in the world a downright bargain,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s.

“Christendom’s average net price is $13,387,” says Christendom’s Director of Admissions Tom McFadden. “Financial assistance will vary in size—based on need, merit, and other factors—but you’re not going to find our caliber of education and personal formation anywhere in the country—especially at a price like that.”

The expanded list, totaling 200 schools, is accessible now at kiplinger.com. The site features tables that can be dynamically sorted by readers according to category of interest and the most frequently asked questions about annual rankings.

Christendom appears in numerous other national secular and religious guides each year including Barron’s Best Buys, Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s All-American Colleges and Choosing the Right College, Peterson’s Competitive CollegesThe Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, and others.

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