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Pomona College Named One of the Nation's Best Values in Liberal Arts Education

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Pomona College fifth on its list of the 50 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges. The list, which ranks private colleges and universities that exemplify outstanding economic values and an exceptional education, appears in the April 2007 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (on newsstands March 12) and at

“I’m very pleased that both Pomona’s quality and its generous financial aid policies are being recognized,” said Pomona College President David W. Oxtoby. “Pomona College provides one of the very best college educations in the country and is one of only a handful of colleges with need-blind admissions that meets the full financial need of every accepted student. This ranking and the information on financial aid serve an important role in helping to publicize that moderate and low-income families can afford to attend a high quality, private college. This information is too often missing from news stories about college tuition and admissions.”

Pomona College was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 private institutions provided by Peterson’s. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked the top 50 universities and top 50 liberal arts colleges in separate tables. To rate each school, Kiplinger’s took into account admission rate, SAT or ACT scores, student-faculty ratio, four-year/five-year graduation rate, total costs, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, cost after non-need-based aid, and average debt at graduation.

Pomona College is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five independent undergraduate and two graduate institutions. Two of Pomona’s sister schools were also named among the top 100: Claremont McKenna College ranked 9th and Scripps College was 37th. Only five California colleges made the top 50. The other two were Occidental (#35) and Thomas Aquinas (#32).

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has been providing millions of Americans with down-to-earth advice on managing their money and achieving financial security since 1947. Along with, it is a highly trustworthy source of information on saving and investing, taxes, credit, homeownership, paying for college, retirement planning, car buying and many other personal finance topics.

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