Personal finance magazine names TU a top 50 best value private university

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named The University of Tulsa a best value among private universities.

The personal finance publication ranked TU 45th on its list, with its calculations based on tuition costs, actual costs after financial aid, average debt after graduation, graduation rate, admission rate, SAT and ACT scores, and student-faculty ratio.

The article said it took the institutions’ performance during the economic crisis into account, and the universities chosen “have weathered the storm especially well.” TU was part of a group praised for “delivering real value” and providing “a top-quality education at an affordable price — usually because of generous financial aid.”

For the academic year 2008–2009, 88 percent of TU students received financial aid. TU ranks first among private universities for freshman retention rate, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education. The university also boasts small class sizes with a 10-to-1 faculty-student ratio. More than 70 percent of incoming freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Kiplinger’s report follows another 2009 report by Princeton Review and USA TODAY placing TU among the top 50 best value private universities. Editors at The Princeton Review said, “The University of Tulsa is among the lowest-priced selective, independent institutions in the nation.” The report recognized the opportunity for TU undergraduates to “get involved in advanced research with faculty members as mentors. Opportunities like this are usually the domain of graduate students at similarly sized private universities.”

For more information on Kiplinger’s rankings and methodology, visit

About The University of Tulsa                  
Ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation, The University of Tulsa is a private institution providing comprehensive educational opportunities to more than 4,100 graduate and undergraduate students in the arts, business, engineering, the sciences and law. TU has one of the nation’s most academically distinguished student bodies who thrive in the university’s rigorous programs that feature personalized attention, small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio.

David Hamby