Washington Monthly’s college rankings measure institutions based on civic engagement, research and social mobility. The publication gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, enroll low-income students, help them graduate and don’t charge a fortune to attend.
The list features the colleges in America that “do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” WM looked at 1,540 colleges and universities, but only 386 made the list as “best-bang-for-the-buck” schools because they met four criteria:
1). At least 20 percent of the student population must be receiving Pell Grants, which are awarded to students whose annual household income is below $50,000.
2). Colleges must have a graduation rate of at least 50 percent, also considering that one-fifth of the student body come from lower income families, a demographic that tends to graduate in lower numbers.
3). Each school’s actual graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school given the number of lower-income students admitted (among other things, this calculation assures that schools with more than the minimum 20 percent of students who receive Pell Grants are not penalized).
4). Schools must have a student loan default rate of 10 percent or less.
Baruch College was ranked #3 with 46% of students receiving Pell Grants; a 63% graduation rate; a 5% default rate on student loans and a Net Price of $5,103. The net price is the average tuition that first-time, full-time students from families with an annual income of $75,000 or less actually pay after subtracting the need-based financial aid they receive.
Visit WashingtonMonthly.com to learn more about the methodology and the “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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