Forbes Ranks The University of Scranton Among America’s Best College Values

Mar 30, 2016

Forbes ranked The University of Scranton among “America’s Best Value Colleges,” based on analysis by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Forbes ranked Scranton No. 166 in its 2016 publication that includes just 300 U.S. colleges and universities, or about 10 percent, that “provide students with the most value for the dollar.”

According to Forbes, “America’s Best Value Colleges” ranking is “an analysis of the brainiest research universities and leading liberal arts schools, both public and private, that are well worth the investment.”

Scranton was among only 29 colleges in Pennsylvania and 21 Jesuit universities ranked. Scranton is the only college in Northeast Pennsylvania listed.

This is the ninth consecutive year that Forbes ranked Scranton among America’s “best values” in college education, however the methodology used for this year’s rankings has changed.

The 2016 methodology compared the colleges’ cost of attendance, as measured by gross tuition and fees, with its: quality; “drop-out risk” (retention and graduation rates); time for degree completion; alumni earnings 0 years after graduation, as measured by Payscale and College Scorecard; and an estimate of the “value added” by the school beyond what would be predicted based on the students’ backgrounds.

Forbes published its 2016 “America’s Best Value Colleges” ranking online March 29.

The University of Scranton has received consistent recognition for its economic value, including in an innovative new ranking by the prestigious publication The Economist that placed Scranton No. 22 in the nation for the impact it has on the earnings of its graduates. Following the premise that a “good student” would do well at any college, The Economist used regression analysis to measure the effect of an array of variables in order to determine the actual impact the college has on the earnings of a graduate.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program also ranked Scranton among the top 100 colleges in the nation in two separate reports that intended to measure the impact a college has on the annual earnings of its graduates.

Scranton was also recognized for value by its inclusion in national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” and MONEY magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money,” among others.

Read more about Scranton's value here.

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