Marist Rises on Kiplinger’s ’50 Best Buys’ List

By Amanda Lavergne

With the recent update to the Kiplinger’s 50 Best Buys for Private Schools, Marist jumped to number 41 this year, from number 50 last year.

Image courtesy of moneycentral.msn.com

Image courtesy of moneycentral.msn.com

According to Tim Massie, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Marist surpassed prestigious schools on the list such as NYU, Syracuse and George Washington University.

“Marist’s move up the ranking of Kiplinger’s best buys reinforces an important message during these troubled economic times,” said Massie, “that by surpassing other great institutions it’s proof that based on quality and cost, Marist is a top tier national college.”

Massie also added that interest in Marist remains strong with the number of high school students and parents that continue to visit. Sophomore Brittany Blum, a tour guide, has also noticed this continuing trend.

“I just became a tour guide this year,” said Blum, “and I have already been aware of the fact that I consistently get a large group of parents and students that have a keen interest in Marist and the education it has to offer.”

The Kiplinger website offers personal financial advice and business forecasts. In addition to this, every year it releases 50 Best Buys for private schools and a list of 100 of the best public colleges and universities. For each school, Kiplinger looks at the undergrad enrollment, admission rate, student faculty ratio and total costs among other factors.

Massie also added that applications have increased by 2,000 in the past two years.

“When I started my career at Marist in 1994 the acceptance rate was 76 percent,” said Massie, “and last year it was half of that at 38 percent.”

According to the Kiplinger list this year, Marist has an acceptance rate of 41 percent.

Despite the title of being a best buy, according to the Applicant Status Report for Fall 2008 vs. Fall 2009, the total tuition for new freshman is $38,000.

“Even though Marist is expensive, I still see it as a best buy” said freshman Maria Feehan. “I think that Marist offers a great education and since it is a school on the rise it will look even better by the time I graduate.”

Massie stressed that one thing that is constant at Marist is change. With the coming addition of the Hancock Technology Center, “it will create another iconic structure that will raise the stature of the College academically and further our reputation in the community as a driving force in the economic development of our county, region, and state,” he said.

Barrons cover of best buys in college education.     Image Courtesy of: tcnj.edu

Barron's cover of best buys in college education. Image Courtesy of: tcnj.edu

According to huliq.com, in addition to the listing by Kiplinger’s, another financial publication, Barron’s, has named Marist one of the 247 “best buys in college education.” Marist was also named one of “the 366 best colleges” in America by The Princeton Review, which also named Marist’s School of Management one of “the top 290 business schools” in the U.S. and Canada.

“It’s gratifying that Kiplinger’s and other ratings guides have noticed what Marist has already achieved and what will be accomplished in the years ahead,” said Massie. “As a community we should be proud of that.”

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