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CANTON, Mo.— U.S. News and World Report has awarded Culver-Stockton College a fifth place rank on the 2014 Best Value Schools list, in the Midwest regional colleges category. This ranking is based on the College’s overall rank by USNWR, as well as the 2012-2013 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. USNWR ranked Culver-Stockton as the 34th best regional college in the Midwest in September 2013. Only 15 colleges in the Midwest were ranked in the Best Value report.

“The student experience is our number one focus at Culver-Stockton, and the cost of attendance is a major factor in this,” said Richard Valentine, president of Culver-Stockton. “Many of the efforts of the administration, like our focus on raising money for the Annual Fund for Student Scholarships, are geared toward helping students cover the cost of education.”

According to the methodology listed by USNWR, schools were assigned these ranks to help potential students discern the best value in choosing an institution of higher learning. As listed on the USNWR website, “The higher quality the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories were included, as USNWR considers the most significant values to be among the colleges that are above average academically.”

To determine the value rankings, all schools ranked in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings had their scores standardized by three variables. The first variable, accounting for 60 percent of the value ranking, was the ratio of quality to price. The second variable, accounting for 25 percent of the value ranking, was the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based grants. Finally, schools were compared by their average discount rate. The average discount was defined by USNWR as the percentage of a school’s 2012-2013 total cost of tuition, room, board, fees and supplies that is covered by the 2012-2013 academic year average need-based financial aid package.

To see more about the rankings, go to http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-colleges-midwest/best-value.