Fairfield University named a 'Best College Value' by Kiplinger's

Fairfield University has been recognized as one of the “35 Best College Values in New England, 2014” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Other well-known public and private colleges and universities making the list are Yale, Harvard, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth, Tufts, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Northeastern and UConn.

Fairfield University was one of three Jesuit institutions in the group, the others being Boston College and Holy Cross.

How the rankings are determined

Kiplinger’s “Top Private College Values” rankings are based on academic quality, accounting for 56.25%, and affordability, which factors for 43.75% of the measurement.

It incorporates five subdivided categories: competitiveness, graduation rates, academic support, cost and financial aid, and student indebtedness.

These rankings are part of Kiplinger’s new College Finder tool, which complements Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual “Best Values in Public Colleges” and “Best Values in Private Colleges.”

‘Great value’ that boosts many lives

“Fairfield is a great value and a great investment for students, their families, our benefactors who provide scholarship support, and the state and federal governments,” said the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University.

“The return on that investment can, of course, be measured in the future professional trajectory of our alumni,” Fitzgerald said. “Harder to measure, but even more important, is the quality of the lives our grads live.”

Fairfield University currently has more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states and 47 foreign countries.