Based on Academic Quality and Affordability, Duquesne Named a 2014 Best Private College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Duquesne University has been selected as one of the country's best values in private colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. On the annual list of only 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges, Duquesne is ranked No. 84.

According to Kiplinger's, Duquesne and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

"It is not by chance that our University is included in Kiplinger's Best Private College List," said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. "Our inclusion reflects a decade long effort by President (Charles) Dougherty and his team to manage the University in a highly sophisticated manner.  While his efforts have always been mission-  and student-focused rather than intended to garner external accolades, it's great to have yet another independent entity acknowledge and confirm the benefits of sound leadership at a time when  other universities are struggling nationally."

Although private schools generally carry higher sticker prices than in-state prices at public schools, the magazine notes that private schools can actually be cheaper than public schools because of their generous financial aid.

Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic  and financial criteria include:

  •   the student admission rate (the number of applicants accepted)
  • the test scores of incoming freshmen
  • the ratio of students to faculty members
  • four- and five-year graduation rates
  • the sticker price
  • the availability and average amount of need-  and merit-based financial aid
  • the average student debt at graduation.

"Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year's list offer the best of both worlds," said Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine editor.

The full list is available online now at The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger's December issue, available Nov. 5.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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