posted October 28, 2010

Hope Considered a "Best Value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Hope College is included in the annual rankings of the best values among private institutions, according to the annual rankings by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

The listing recognizes colleges and universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Hope is ranked 77th out of 100 in the rankings. There are only two other private Michigan institutions included in the rankings, Hillsdale College and Kalamazoo College.

The publication said it began with a pool of more than 600 private institutions. The rankings are based on academic quality and affordability.

The annual rankings will appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine - on newsstands November 9.

The rankings are available at

Added online features include a closer look at the top ten schools in each category in a slideshow, tables that can be dynamically sorted by readers according to category of interest, and the most frequently asked questions about the rankings.

Kiplinger has recognized Hope and Holland in recent years. In 2006 Holland was cited as one of 50 "Smart Places to Live".  Those rankings emphasized criteria including affordability of housing, low cost of living, quality health care, a low crime rate, weather, education, cultural amenities, transportation and economic vitality.

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation's first personal finance magazine.