Sept. 29, 2017
Saint Vincent College ranked well again both nationally and in its peer group in every category featured on the third annual U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard which was released Sept. 28.
In the area of graduation and retention, Saint Vincent was noted to have a graduation rate of 72 percent, well above the national average of 42 percent. Students Who Return after Their First Year was an impressive 87 percent, again well above the national average of 68 percent.
In the department’s analysis of earnings after school, the percent of students paying down their debt was 82 percent, nearly twice the national average of 46 percent. And Saint Vincent students earned an average salary of $47,400, nearly $13,300 above the national median for other colleges and universities, and in the top quarter of a peer group of 30 previously identified schools within a 250-mile radius.
“Saint Vincent College recognizes the sacrifices families make to educate their children and works very hard to keep the cost of a college education affordable for its students,” commented Suzanne English, vice president for marketing and communications. “Compared with our peer group, Saint Vincent’s costs are in the lowest five, while our retention is third-highest.
“In addition, Saint Vincent offers merit scholarships up to $20,500 per year to help deserving students afford a high-quality, private college education. More than 97 percent of undergraduates and 100 percent of freshmen receive some form of aid, including scholarships, grants or student loans,” she said.
The report identified the most popular academic programs at Saint Vincent as business, management, marketing, biological and biomedical sciences, communication, journalism, psychology and social sciences.
In addition to this ranking by the U.S. Department of Education, Saint Vincent College’s quality educational programs have earned recognition by U.S. News and World Report (top tier of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges), Forbes business magazine (America’s Top Colleges), College Factual (No. 1 Best for the Money in Pennsylvania), NerdScholar (one of Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bank for Your Buck Colleges), Barron’s (One of Best Buys in College Education) and Washington Monthly (Best Bang for the Buck).
The complete report is now available online at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/