29 April 2019
The business magazine Forbes has published the latest edition of its Best Value Colleges ranking. This is an attempt to assist students and stakeholders by providing them with information about the economic value of a college education. Data were collected for 645 colleges and universities which were given scores for six criteria: quality determined by the 2018 Forbes Top Colleges, net price, net debt, alumni earnings, graduation rate, and access for low income students. The first four have a weighting of 20% each and the last two 10%.
The top levels of these rankings contain a mixture of institutions from the traditional elite such as Princeton in second place, Harvard in seventh and Yale in 15th along with some unexpected places including Brigham Young University in Utah in first place, Baruch College of the City University of New York in ninth, and the University of Florida in 20th.
The University of California does extremely well with its university centres taking six spots in the top twenty.
The best universities for selected indicators are:
Annual Salary; Harvey Mudd College, California
Cost of Bachelor’s Degree, Berea College, Kentucky
Graduation Rate; Harvard University
Student Debt; College of the Ozarks, Missouri, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, Hillsdale College, Michigan.