By Jim Donovan:  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has announced its list of Best Values in Private Colleges for 2012-2013, based on outstanding academics and great economic value. Yale, Rice and Princeton took the top spots for private colleges. Swarthmore came in first place for liberal arts colleges.

The colleges were ranked according to various factors affecting overall value, including four-year graduation rate, student debt at graduation and low class size.

The report will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue; the full list of top 200 schools can be found at

Kiplinger’s has selected these colleges from the state of Pennsylvania:

Private Universities

Lehigh University Bethlehem
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Saint Joseph\’s University Philadelphia
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh
Villanova University Villanova

Liberal Art Colleges

Muhlenberg College Allentown
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr
Dickinson College Carlisle
Ursinus College Collegeville
Lafayette College Easton
Gettysburg College Gettysburg
Haverford College Haverford
Juniata College Huntingdon
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster
Bucknell University Lewisburg
Allegheny College Meadville
Westminster College New Wilmington
Swarthmore College Swarthmore
Washington & Jefferson College Washington

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