Maryville University named one of the Top 100 Private Universities in the U.S. for Best Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


Praised for Strong Academic Record and Great Economic Value

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Maryville University one of the best values in private colleges. Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value. The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, Nov. 8—and online now at

 Maryville University and the other schools included in the 2011-2012 ranking represent the colleges that are providing high-quality academics and great economic value. Maryville University made the top 100 list for best value because it exemplifies the traits parents and students want in their higher education choice: small class sizes, strong financial aid options, high four-year graduation rate and low debt for students after graduation.

“Maryville University is proud to be recognized as one of Kiplinger’s top 100 private colleges,” said Maryville President Mark Lombardi. “This honor reflects our outstanding academics, great value and commitment to providing students an all-around excellent education.”

Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families this year. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate—a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall cost to families–and to colleges that keep student debt down.

 About Maryville University

 Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in St. Louis, Mo., and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the National Universities category. Maryville students may choose from 50 undergraduate, 10 master’s and four doctoral degree programs. Nearly 3,900 students are enrolled at Maryville through the College of Arts and Sciences, John E. Simon School of Business, School of Health Professions and the School of Education.