Kiplinger’s Ranks Pitt Best Value in Pennsylvania

Issue Date: 
January 27, 2014

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh ranks as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. The nationwide ranking, which focuses on four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value, will be published in the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which is available on newsstands.

Kiplinger’s also ranks Pitt as the 19th-best value among public universities in the country for out-of-state students. The complete rankings can be accessed online at

“The Kiplinger rankings confirm once again that the high quality of our educational programs is recognized throughout the country,” Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said. “Our position as a best value university also is clearly reflected in the dramatic increase in applications for admission to Pitt and in the rapidly rising test scores and class rank of our entering freshmen. What draws these hardworking, high-achieving students is the return on investment that is delivered through the exceptional opportunities for learning and growth associated with a University of Pittsburgh education.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid, and low average debt at graduation.

“This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.