Best value

Wheaton College has been recognized as a “best value” college in Kiplinger’s 2017 list of the 300 Best Value Colleges and Universities.

In compiling the list, Kiplinger’s considers tuition costs, financial aid opportunities, educational efficiency and future earning potential, according to an article published in the Providence Business News.

Based in Washington, D.C., Kiplinger’s produces a weekly business forecast, The Kiplinger Letter, and a monthly magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, as well as the annual Best Value Colleges and Universities list. Institutions are selected “based on quality and affordability,” according to the Kiplinger’s website.

For the 2015–16 academic year, Wheaton students received about $41.4 million in need-based financial aid, as well as $6.5 million in merit-based awards. Students also graduated with less debt than the average among other colleges in Massachusetts, according to data from the Office of Student Financial Services.

In a survey distributed among Wheaton graduates six months out over the past three years, 98 percent reported finding success after college—including 63 percent employed, 22 percent enrolled in graduate school and the remaining 13 percent engaged in volunteer service, prestigious fellowships or internships.