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August 19, 2005

Gallaudet again ranked Number One for Value

From: Gallaudet - Aug 19, 2005

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Gallaudet again ranked Number One for Value

The University is also listed as one of the Top 5 in "Least Debt" load

(WASHINGTON) In its "America's Best Colleges 2006," U.S. News & World Report has designated Gallaudet University Number One in the magazine's "Best Value: Universities – Master's" category for four-year liberal arts colleges and universities in the northern region. In addition, the University ranks among the top 25 overall in its region.

This year, the magazine examined 572 universities in the "Universities-Master's" category. These schools provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs but offer few, if any, doctoral programs.

Gallaudet nabbed the top "Best Value" spot in last year's edition.

"The formula used to determine which schools offer the best value relates a school's academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid," according to the magazine. "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in the top half of their categories are included, on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically."

In the national survey, colleges and universities are categorized by mission and, in some cases, by region. The final rankings compare those schools to their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Gallaudet is also considered one of the best "Least Debt" universities, finishing fourth in the North region. U.S. News compiled a list of the schools whose students in the class of 2004 graduated with the heaviest and lightest debt loads. The data include loans taken out by students from the colleges themselves, from financial institutions, and from federal, state, and local governments.


About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.