Western Carolina University has been named a “Best College Value” for 2016 in an annual review of colleges and universities released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

WCU is 73rd among public higher education institutions across the nation in terms of value for in-state students, and is in 76th place for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, four-year graduation rates, costs of attending, financial aid and average debt of students at graduation.

WCU is one of six public schools in North Carolina ranked among Kiplinger’s top 100 public college values.

The magazine’s review begins with a list of 1,200 public and private schools, and the final 300 that make the cut are deemed a “best value,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

For the current academic year at WCU, the cost per semester for an in-state undergraduate student, including tuition and fees, a typical residence hall room and a meal plan, is $8,138.60.

Prospective students can learn more about WCU, including details about financial aid and the university’s award-winning academic programs, by attending Open House. Sponsored by the Office of Admission, the events are scheduled for two Saturdays – Feb. 20 and March 12.

Preregistration for Open House and more information are available at openhouse.wcu.edu or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.