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Jan. 8,  2009

Kiplinger's Names Emory a Top 10 Best Value

Ranking Cites Affordability, Academic Excellence

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has ranked Emory University ninth among the 100 best values in private universities that exemplify excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum.

Selected from a pool of more than 600 private institutions provided by Peterson's, schools in the Kiplinger 100 are ranked according to academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total.

As merit scholarships among top-tier institutions become an endangered species, Emory's merit awards continue to attract exceptional students from around the country....

From Kiplinger's "Emory on the Move"

In a "Best Value" profile of Emory, Kiplinger's highlights the university's "sizeable" merit scholarship program that has "put Emory on the map," alongside a strong commitment to need-based aid that is "the first priority" for the school.

The article also notes Emory is "a school that's heading to the top," and for most students, "Emory's position relative to the Ivies matters less than its range of programs, proximity to Atlanta, and relationships with the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center."

Resources Remain Strong for Financial Aid

The Princeton Review also named Emory among its best values in private schools this week. The rankings reflect Emory's continuing commitment to “need blind” admissions and to meeting the full, demonstrated financial need for dependent, traditional undergraduate students. Emory also is working to increase accessibility for low- and middle-income students through the Emory Advantage grant and loan relief program and other financial aid.

"Emory, like all institutions and businesses, is having to adjust to a new economic reality and this will impact the budget in a variety of ways. However, financial aid is among our top priorities and we expect to devote more – not fewer – resources to financial aid in the coming years to ensure that all students who are admitted can attend independent of economic background," says Santa Ono, senior vice provost for undergraduate education.

Kiplinger's 2009 Top 10

The annual private school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2009 issue and at

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Yale
  3. Princeton
  4. Rice
  5. Duke
  6. Harvard
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  9. Emory
  10. Stanford

Additional Resources

Financial Aid at Emory

Emory Advantage

Financial Aid: Resources Remain Strong (Dec. 22, 2008)

Kiplinger's "Emory on the Move"

Kiplinger's 2009 Best Values: Private Colleges & Universities

The Princeton Review's 100 Best Value Colleges for 2009 (USA Today)


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