24 December 2017
The US business publisher,Kiplinger,has published its Best College Values rankings. These are based on the economic value of a college education and include the criteria of quality (55%) and cost (45%).
The methodology comprises these indicators: admission rates and yield, standardised test scores, four-year graduation rates, freshmen retention, students per faculty, total cost, including in-state and out-of-state, financial aid, average debt on graduation, and salary ten years after admission.
The rankings are restricted to four-year comprehensive institutions. Specialised colleges such as the service academiesor medical schools are excluded. In addition,several colleges did not provide the necessary data.
In these rankings several small liberal arts colleges do very well while some Ivy League institutions such as Brown and Cornell and well known public universities such as the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan receive lower scores than might be expected.
The top ten colleges are:
- Princeton University, New Jersey
- Davidson College, North Carolina
- Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
- Harvard University, Massachusetts
- Duke University, North Carolina
- Pomona College, California
- Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
- Rice University, Texas
- Washington and Lee University, Virginia
- Wellesley College, Massachusetts.