In Kiplinger’s 2009-10 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” UW-Eau Claire is ranked 67th for in-state students and 64th in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.
To create its top 100 lists, Kiplinger’s reviews data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. It narrows the list based on measures of academic quality, including things like ACT scores, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. It then ranks schools on costs and financial aid. Academic quality carries more weight than costs, according to the magazine.