According to the magazine, placement on the “Best
Value” list confirms that Heidelberg provides a high-quality
education at an affordable price. The list considers the
percentage of need-based financial aid and the average cost
after financial aid is awarded.
“Heidelberg has invested in the opportunity for our students to
gain advantages in beginning their career while also keeping
costs low,” said Dr. Tony Bourne, vice president for Enrollment
Management and Marketing. “This commitment has paid off in
students landing top jobs with good wages while not having a ton
of school debt. Heidelberg’s climb to one of the top five
regional colleges for best value is the result of this
investment and our students’ hard work.”
Heidelberg has worked to continually improve in these areas by prioritizing
academic programs that lead to the best employment
opportunities. The university takes a holistic approach to
enrollment, offering a test-optional admission option for
students who feel their ACT/SAT scores might not reflect their
academic ability. Students also can take advantage of
Heidelberg’s Fixed Tuition Guarantee and its Four-Year
Additionally, Heidelberg has increased its academic scholarships
with opportunities including a new Diversity and Inclusion
scholarship, a four-year renewable scholarship aimed at
assisting students in underrepresented populations.
Scholarships, along with grants and other financial aid
opportunities, help students bridge the gap between their
family’s resources and the cost of attending college, Bourne
In addition to the “Best Value” ranking, Heidelberg
is listed as a “top performer” on
U.S. News’s Social Mobility list, coming in at No. 21 in the
Midwest Regional Colleges category. Social Mobility measures how
well colleges and universities graduate students who receive
federal Pell Grants. Social Mobility rankings are based on two
factors: graduation rates of Pell-awarded students and
graduation rate performance comparing the six-year graduation
rate of Pell recipients with non-Pell recipients.
also gave Heidelberg high marks in the top tier among best
regional colleges in the Midwest; HU is listed at No. 23.
U.S. News survey demonstrates that Heidelberg continues
to rank among the best colleges in value and affordability as
well as academic preparation. “We continue to focus on creating
opportunities for hard-working students across the Midwest,
regardless of the student’s background,” Bourne said.
these investments will pay off in improvements in graduation
rates and student placement upon graduation,” he said.
Rankings such as those released by U.S. News help
students and families make the important decision about where to
invest in themselves and their college education.