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Aga Knych, NuBari Kanee and Amanda Kaiser pose for a photo prior to receiving their nursing diplomas May 7, 2017, from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The three have been good friends since arriving on campus four years ago.

KEVIN BARLOW, THE PANTAGRAPH

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University is ranked 50th among liberal arts colleges in the latest list of “Best College Values” from Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

The ranking of 50 is an increase of five places from the previous year's rankings. IWU also was ranked 97th overall among all colleges and universities.

Kiplinger's rates colleges based on a combination of academic merits and cost of attendance.

IWU has been included in the list for 11 consecutive years.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked 98th overall. Its ranking among public colleges was 30th for in-state students and 18th for out-of-state students.

Illinois State University was not included in the rankings. The last time ISU was on Kiplinger's list was in December 2014 when it ranked 99th among public colleges.

The highest ranked school in Illinois was the University of Chicago, 44th overall and 19th among private universities.

Bradley University in Peoria was No. 215 overall and 65th among private universities.

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