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AQUINAS COLLEGE SELECTED AS USN&WR “BEST VALUES” COLLEGE

August 17, 2007 - U.S.News & World Report (USN&WR) has ranked Aquinas College as a “Best Values” college among Midwest universities offering master’s programs. According to the 2008 edition of USN&WR’s America’s Best College rankings released today, Aquinas also placed among the “Best Universities” with masters’ programs in the Midwest.

The latest edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Aquinas twelfth among 15 colleges in the Midwest selected for the “Best Values” category of universities/colleges offering masters’ programs. Placement on the list relates to a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid, according to USN&WR. Aquinas figures show that 73 percent of its students receive need-based grants, reducing their net cost of attending to $14,208.

Aquinas also is ranked 50th among 69 institutions ranked among the “Best Universities-Masters” in the Midwest. USN&WR measured 574 higher education institutions across the United States using more than a dozen key measurements in identifying its list of top schools for each region of the country in this category.

USN&WR’s rankings are compiled based on an exhaustive survey of colleges and universities across the nation. Using a multitude of criteria – including student retention rate, graduation rate, student/faculty ratios, and average alumni giving – USN&WR publishes detailed rankings of the colleges each fall.

USN&WR says its rankings list is designed to provide parents and students with a starting point in the college decision-making process. It believes the information contained in the report offers the opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence. Further, USN&WR encourages families to combine the information contained in the rankings with college visits and interviews in identifying the right school for college-bound students.

For additional information or interviews with college officials on this release, contact Sally Reeves at 616-632-2845 or reevesal@aquinas.edu.