St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2018.

Introduced in 1998, Kiplinger’s rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. St. Mary’s College has been consistently named to the list since its beginning.

Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation.

The complete rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 9.

St. Mary’s College also was recognized as the fifth best public liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report; a 2017-18 College of Distinction; acknowledged in the 2018 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges;  ranked in The Best 382 Colleges review book by The Princeton Review; a Top 25 Hidden Gem for Women in STEM by; ranked one of the Best Colleges in Maryland by AdvisoryHQ News; named to “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money magazine; and listed eighth best affordable out-of-state school by

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2024-2025. St. Mary’s College, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,600 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.