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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University is the 11th best value in private liberal arts colleges, according to the April edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which hit newsstands this week.

"Our rankings spotlight schools with strong academics, attractive prices and generous financial aid," the magazine said. 

Bucknell rose eight spots from 19th in last year's rankings. || Kiplinger's rankings 

Largest in top 50
In this year's rankings, Swarthmore College was again ranked No. 1. Claremont McKenna College was No. 10, and Colgate University rounded out the top 20. Bucknell, with an enrollment of 3,550 students, is the largest institution in the top 50, with only one other institution (St. Olaf College) having an enrollment above 3,000.

Seven of the top 10 have enrollments one-half the size of Bucknell's.

"Our rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total," the magazine explains. Universities are rewarded in the rankings for competitive admissions rates, freshmen retention rates, and the amount of financial aid awarded for families with and without need.

Tuition increase
Bucknell announced this past week that the Board of Trustees had approved a 3.95 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2008-09 academic year. The comprehensive fee will be $48,380, including $39,434 for tuition, $8,728 for standard room and board choices, and $218 for the student activity fee.

Bucknell's average financial aid award this past academic year was more than $22,000.

Recently, Bucknell has added 24 faculty members, enhanced the opportunities available through its Teaching and Learning Center, expanded the work of its Environmental Center, launched the Bucknell Forum to bring a new series of national speakers to campus, installed two Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Reactors, and initiated an on-campus Executive Internship Program.

Washington Monthly ranking
During this academic year, Bucknell has been ranked No. 7 among the best liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly magazine, 30th in U.S. News & World Report, and sixth on the Peace Corps’ top 25 list of small colleges and universities producing Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Posted Feb. 29, 2008 
Updated March 7, 2008