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TLU Tops U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Value” List

September 12, 2017

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Texas Lutheran University is once again at the top of “U.S. News & World Report’s” Best Colleges rankings among regional colleges in the West, ranking first on the list for “Best Value” and second overall.

“We are committed to offering our students both academic excellence and affordability,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “This acknowledgment from ‘U.S. News’ once again reinforces the dedication of our faculty and staff to ensure students receive an exceptional education that prepares them for a career and the financial aid needed to do so.”

Rankings are based on data collected from several categories, including academic reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty resources, retention, graduation rates and alumni support. “U.S. News & World Report” then ranks colleges and universities based upon region and classification. Regional schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

TLU earns the No. 1 spot in the West for “Best Value” based upon its high overall ranking combined with modest net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. According to “U.S. News & World Report,” these are schools that are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because the publication considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

In addition to the “Best Value” honor, TLU is also the No. 2 college in the Western region for veterans and was recently named a 2017 Great Colleges to Work For® by “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

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