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Universities rate among ‘Best College Buys’ in US

October 4, 2019
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A pair of West Michigan universities were named among the top 100 nationally with the “highest quality education at the lowest cost.”

Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University are listed in “America's 100 Best College Buys” by Rome, Georgia-based Institutional Research & Evaluation, or IRE.

Hillsdale College is the third Michigan school that made the ranking.

GVSU is the only Michigan public school that has made the ranking every year since the designation began in 1995.

IRE calculates the cost of attendance by using out-of-state tuition for public institutions and regular tuition for private institutions, as well as the cost of a double occupancy room and the most common meal plan.

Under these guidelines, the 2019-20 national cost of out-of-state attendance is $45,406, according to IRE.

GVSU’s out-of-state cost is $26,977, and WMU’s is $26,607.

To be considered for the designation, an institution must meet the following criteria: be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor's degrees; offer full residential facilities and dining services; have a freshman class in fall 2018 with academic scores at or above the national average; and have out-of-state tuition in 2019-20 not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10%.

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