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Pomona College Ranked the Best Value Among Liberal Arts Colleges

Pomona College has been named the “Best Value” among liberal arts colleges for the second year in a row by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. In its December 2009 edition, the magazine listed the top 100 “Best Values in Private Colleges,” ranking them according to academic quality and affordability—with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Affordability measures considered included “the price of attending” as well as “generosity when it comes to financial aid.”

“This year’s top 100 private schools met the challenges of a slumping economy with brio,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s. “With so many private institutions offering generous financial aid packages, families are finding that private college is still affordable. In fact, the average tuition price can be as little as half or less of the sticker price—making them very competitive with public universities.”

In the accompanying article, Kiplinger reporter Jane Bennett Clark writes that despite rough economic times, “independent colleges boosted financial aid by 9% while keeping tuition increases – an average of 4.3% -- to their lowest levels in four decades.”

Pomona was noted as providing “its students with a top-quality education in a setting that snowbound Ivy Leaguers can only dream of. This small school, with some 1,500 students, faces the stunning San Gabriel Mountains and basks in the Southern California sun. Almost all of its freshmen return for sophomore year, a sure sign of happy campers, and 90% of its seniors graduate on time, sparing their parents the expense of a fifth year. As for financial aid, if you need it, you get it.” Pomona meets the full financial aid need of every student with a financial aid package of scholarships and no loans.

Three of Pomona’s sister colleges in The Claremont Colleges were also represented on the Kiplinger’s top 50 best values among liberal arts colleges. Claremont McKenna College was listed at no. 5, Harvey Mudd College at no. 24 and Scripps College at no. 34.

The full Kiplinger’s article can be found at http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/best-values-in-private-colleges.html. The issue goes on sale on November 10.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is located in Claremont, CA, approximately 35 miles east of the City of Los Angeles. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and involvement opportunities.