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Citadel News Service

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 15.--The Citadel has been ranked fourth in the South among Regional Universities in the category of Sticker Prices and sixth in the category of Discount Tuition Prices in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of "America's Best Values." The value rankings will appear in the September 25 issue which will be on newsstands on Monday (Sept. 18).

     The Citadel again received high marks for the second week in a row in the magazine's comprehensive annual survey of America's colleges and universities. This year's ratings marks the third year The Citadel earned a slot in the survey of best buys among colleges, and the 10th consecutive time the college ranked in the prestigious quality guide.

     "We are proud of this latest rating," said Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts III, President of The Citadel, "and we plan to continue setting the standards for higher education. The ranking demonstrates we effectively manage the state's scarce resources for higher education while providing an outstanding education for our students."

     The best value rankings were devised to provide a realistic measure of value by relating the cost of attending an institution to the quality of education. Only Regional Universities that finished in the top 20 percent of U.S. News & World Report's quality guide published last week were considered as potential best values.

     The rankings in Sticker Prices were based on the quality rank divided by the total of tuition, required fees and room and board for the 1995-96 academic year. The higher the ratio of quality to price, the better the value. The rankings in Discount Tuition Prices were determined using four variables: the ratio of quality to price; percentage of all undergraduates at a school receiving need-based grants in the 1994-95 academic year; percentage of all undergraduates at a school receiving non-need based grants, including merit awards, in the 1994-95 academic year; and percentage that a school's total cost (tuition, fees, room and board, books and personal expenses) has been discounted for the average undergraduate receiving the average need-based grant.


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