Both the University of Washington and Western Washington University have made Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine’s list of the 100 top values in public colleges.
The UW was 17th on the list, and WWU was 74th.
The rankings, released Thursday, hails four-year public colleges that offer a quality education at an affordable price, and both schools have often appeared on the list. Last year, the UW was 14th; its best place on the ranking was in 2010, when it ranked 7th.
While the UW has dropped, Western is rising — it was 81st last year.
In a statement, WWU President Bruce Shepard called the ranking “a testament to our first rate faculty and staff, who are dedicated to fostering a genuinely collaborative learning environment where students can develop their intellectual potential and put their higher education to higher purposes.”
The magazine’s editors say they pick schools for having a high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price, and strong value overall.
The top-ranked school in the nation was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.