Former Education Secretary William Bennett Analyzes 3,500 Colleges’ Return on Investment—and Queens College Ranks 37

FLUSHING, N.Y., May 20, 2013 – A diploma from Queens College pays off, literally. Former Secretary of Education William Bennett, co-author of Is College Worth It?, has evaluated 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities for their return on investment, or ROI. Citing PayScale surveys of jobholders who earned bachelor’s degrees, but nothing higher, Bennett finds that many schools offer poor returns for students’ payments.

QC, by contrast, provides an excellent ROI. According to the 2013 rankings from PayScale—a company that analyzes salary data—the college’s 7.6 percent annual return places it 37th in the nation, outperforming University of California-Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. If financial aid is factored in, QC records a 10.7 percent return and 33rd place.

“We know that a college education is the ultimate portable asset,” says President James Muyskens. “It’s great to get confirmation that students can bank on QC’s reputation.”

As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at

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