Three Missouri Public Colleges Make Best Values List

School graduateWhere can you get a good education in Missouri for a great value? Three Missouri colleges made Kiplinger’s top value list of colleges in the U.S. Missouri had more universities listed in the top 100 than any of its border states.

Three fourths of all states had a least one university in the top 100. Missouri had three followed by Oklahoma, Illinois and Iowa with two. Arkansas, Nebraska and Kentucky had one college make the top list.

Missouri’s three universities to make the list were Truman University (Kirksville), University of Missouri (Columbia), and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla). Truman University also was ranked tenth for academics and value to out-of-state students.

Missouri and Bordering States College Value Ranking


Five hundred schools were ranked according to Academic Quality, Cost and Financial Aid. Schools academically strong as well as affordable scored higher on the list, with the academic quality score being two thirds of the score and cost one-third.

Academic Quality included:
• Percentage of class with SAT scores of 600 on math & verbal, or ACT composite of    24 or higher
• Admission rate
• Student to faculty ratio
• Freshmen retention rate
• Graduation rates

Cost and Financial Aid:
• Total cost for in-state students – tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and    estimated expenses for books
• Average cost for a student with need after grants
• Average cost of student without need
• Average percentage of need met by aid
• Average debt a student accumulates before graduation

Not included in the list:
Ranking focused on traditional four-year public universities with broad-based curriculums. Schools that had specialty programs or colleges that did not provide housing were not included in the list.

To view the top 100 colleges click here.

Sources: Kiplinger, Peterson’s a Nelnet company.


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