Kiplinger's Personal FinanceKiplinger's Personal Finance has ranked Whitman College as one of the best value private colleges in the country.

The annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in the December issue of the magazine. Whitman College and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide a high-quality academic education at a reasonable cost during continued tough economic times. Whitman has been ranked multiple times for exemplifying the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

Whitman College's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tony Cabasco said, "Whitman College is proud to provide an excellent liberal arts education for students from a broad range of socio-economic groups, and at an affordable cost. More than 80 percent of students benefit from generous financial aid, which includes scholarships or grants, student loans and student employment. The result is that Whitman's graduates leave college with less debt than graduates from many public universities. This year's Kiplinger's ranking goes to show the exceptional value that Whitman offers its students."

The rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger's Personal Finance measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation. Many of the schools on the list, like Whitman, have appeared in Kiplinger's Personal Finance rankings in previous years, demonstrating that these schools consistently deliver good value.