Forbes Magazine ranks WWU 33rd among best college buys

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John Thompson
University Communications

Western Washington University ranks 33rd nationally among the 100 “Best Buy Colleges and Universities” in a list compiled by Forbes Magazine.

Forbes Magazine, which has a circulation of over 900,000, ranks colleges and universities across the nation that provide the best education at the lowest possible cost to students.

“We are proud to offer an excellent education at an affordable cost. Providing access to higher education empowers citizens of our state – and our country – to deal with the complex challenges of the future,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard. “I thank our faculty and staff for their dedication to our students and their commitment to ensure Western’s academic quality is among the very best,”

The Forbes "America's Best College Buys" rankings are based on a formula that measures academic quality divided by costs to students.

Two other universities or colleges in the state of Washington also are on the list. The University of Washington ranks 30th and Washington State University 83rd. With zero tuition, the service academies (West Point, Air and Naval academies) score very well and are atop the list.

Western ranks ahead of a number of major colleges and universities, including: the University of Arizona, University of Virginia, University of Oregon, College of William and Mary, University of California, Davis, University of Maryland, University of Kansas and Purdue University.

For more information on the Forbes Magazine rankings, see America’s Best College Buys.

Western also has consistently received strong rankings in U.S. News & World Report surveys of colleges and universities in the nation. Western is the highest ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to 2011 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

In its February 2010 issue, Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Western 54th on its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges in the United States for 2009-2010.