WSU ranked no. 98 in annual national report

Kiplinger’s annual report of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges lists WSU no. 98.

By Jeffrey Alan Coté

WSU is ranked at number 98 for in-state tuition in Kiplinger’s annual report of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, released earlier this month.

The 100 chosen universities were pulled from a pool of nearly 500 public institutions.

Other schools from the Pacific Northwest that made the list include the University of Oregon at 89, Western Washington University at number 56, Evergreen State College at 53 and University of Washington at number 10.

WSU is ranked higher for out-of-state tuition costs, as are the other three Washington state schools on the list.

According to a WSU News Service press release, President Elson S. Floyd said WSU’s inclusion in Kiplinger’s report has been “an honor we have enjoyed in each and every year of my tenure here as president.” Floyd cited US News & World Report’s ranking of WSU as one of the best universities in the country, along with The Princeton Review’s selection of WSU as one of the most environmentally friendly schools, as reasons why WSU is among the greatest universities in the country.

Freshman criminal justice major Rodney Brooking said he thinks WSU’s placement on the list is accurate.

“I say we should be happy just being in the top 100,” he said.

Freshman agriculture major Michelle Burns said she thinks WSU is an expensive college to attend, but worth the price.

“I feel that WSU is absolutely worth the money you pay,” she said. “You get so many services that are absolutely useful such, as the CUB. The libraries are amazing. The research they provide you with is awesome. I live in the dorms and even though I find I have to pay a lot more money than if I would be living off campus, the community they build is just so much better.” Number one on the list for in-state tuition is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Binghamton University tops the out-of-state list.

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