Baruch has been ranked third out of 3,800 U.S. public colleges and universities polled for Consumers Digest magazine’s Top 100 College Values in 2007. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institutions’ academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition and room and board.
The rankings, published in Consumer Digest’s June issue, were derived from a formula that blended the academic excellence of first-time freshmen at a school, standardized test scores, high school rank, grade point average, along with the institution’s educational quality, four- and six-year graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios, and percentage of faculty holding a PhD. The Value Index score was factored with the cost of attending each school to determine which schools offered the most academic value per dollar. The rankings were based on information from the 2005-2006 academic year, the latest for which data were available.
“Expert opinions and solid recommendations are two of our strengths,” says Randy Weber, publisher, Consumers Digest. “We applied those strengths to this examination of our country’s higher-learning institutions. It’s designed to help parents and students find schools that will meet families’ performance and financial requirements.”
Consumers Digest first whittled down the list of schools based on a minimum level of academic performance by students accepted to the institutions. For public schools, the magazine only considered nonresident tuition figures. Military institutions and extremely specialized colleges were excluded. Financial aid was not factored in.
Twenty-seven public institutions are making their first appearance on CD’s Top-50 list (the last evaluation was in 2004). The average annual cost of attendance at CD’s top schools was up: to $28,979 at private colleges/universities, from $24,842, and to $16,684 at public colleges/universities, from $15,865.
“Our analysis helps families make an informed decision that puts their hard-earned money to the best use,” says Weber.
Contact: Carol Abrams, Chief Communications Officer, Baruch College, (646) 660-6105, or Lara Moon, Communications and Marketing, Baruch College, (646) 660-6093.