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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Forbes: America's Top Colleges (Return on Investment)

ForbesForbes, America's Top Colleges:

For the sixth year, Forbes has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity for The Top Colleges in the U.S. The Forbes list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college? 

Student Satisfaction (22.5%):  Professor ratings (RateMyProfessor) (15%), actual (5%) and predicted (2.5%) freshman-to-sophomore retention rates
Post-Graduate Success (37.5%):  Salary of alumni ( (15%), America’s Leaders List (22.5%)
Student Debt (17.5%):  Average federal student loan debt load (10%), student loan default rates (5%) and predicted vs. actual percent of students taking federal loans (2.5%)
Graduation Rate (11.25%):  Actual graduation rate (8.75%) and the actual vs. predicted rate (2.5%)
Nationally Competitive Awards (11.25%):  Students who win prestigious scholarships and fellowships (7.5%) or go on to earn a Ph.D. (3.75%)

Here are the Top 25 colleges:

  1. Stanford
  2. Pomona
  3. Princeton
  4. Yale
  5. Columbia
  6. Swarthmore
  7. U.S. Military Academy
  8. Harvard
  9. Williams
  10. MIT
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. Brown
  13. Amherst
  14. Chicago
  15. Duke
  16. Dartmouth
  17. Northwestern
  18. Cal-Tech
  19. Cornell
  20. Bowdoin
  21. Washington & Lee
  22. UC-Berkeley
  23. Wellesley
  24. Notre Dame
  25. Tufts

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RateMyProfessor strikes again!

Posted by: HTA | Sep 5, 2013 9:06:53 AM