Posted: Wednesday Jul 31, 2013
July 31, 2013
Forbes business magazine again listed Saint Vincent College among the top colleges in the nation in the release of its sixth annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.”
With 650 of the accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States selected for inclusion on the list, Saint Vincent is, in Forbes’ judgment, among the top 20 percent of all undergraduate colleges and universities in the nation with a ranking of 372 out of more than 4,200 institutions nationally.
Forbes has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) for The Top Colleges in the U.S. The Forbes list distinguishes itself from competitors by its belief in “output” over “input.” Unlike its peers which focus heavily on selectivity metrics in what gets a student into college such as high school class rank and SAT scores. Its sights are set directly on the return on investment, that is, what are students getting out of college. To answer this question, the staff at CCAP gathers data from a variety of sources and use 12 factors to calculate these rankings, each of which falls into one of five general categories.
These include student satisfaction (25%, student evaluations from RateMyProfessor.com), post-graduate success (35%, salary of alumni from Payscale.com and American Leaders List), student debt (17.5%, average federal student loan debt load), four-year graduation rate (8.75%, predicted versus actual four-year graduation rate), and academic success (11.25%, student nationally competitive awards, alumni receiving Ph.D.'s and school selection.
The success of Saint Vincent alumni in many fields is a significant factor in this determinant. Taken as a whole, the Forbes ranking underscores the excellent value that Saint Vincent provides as one of the top colleges in the state and in the nation.
Further details are available at www.forbes.com.
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