Posted: Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
March 19, 2014
Saint Vincent College has been named among the best values in Pennsylvania higher education.
NerdScholar – a website that helps students to make good choices regarding higher education -- has named Saint Vincent to its 15 “Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges.” Saint Vincent is ranked 13th on the list and is the top-ranked private college in western Pennsylvania.
The ranking, released today (March 19), is based on the top 27 Pennsylvania colleges as chosen by Forbes magazine, and then looked at affordability and the availability of financial aid, the six-year graduation rate (the average time students take to graduate) and whether students pay back their student loans in a timely fashion.
“Saint Vincent College is honored that its commitment to making a high-quality college education affordable is being recognized,” commented Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent. “Our generous merit scholarship program and financial aid for first-generation students are making a difference by enabling students to receive a Saint Vincent education. They also enable us to extend the spirit of our original mission, which was to serve the children of immigrants, to a broad constituency and to respond to the national goal of making higher education affordable to all."
According to the White House College Scorecard, Saint Vincent has the lowest net price among the top 27 schools identified, taking into account all financial aid students don’t later have to pay back, including grants and scholarships.
The top 15 schools in Pennsylvania listed by NerdScholar (in order) are Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus), Bryn Mawr College, Lafayette College, Franklin and Marshall College, University of Pittsburgh (main campus), Juniata College, Gettysburg College, Villanova University, Saint Vincent College, Dickinson College and Carnegie Mellon University.
The NerdScholar listing is the most recent recognition for Saint Vincent, which was listed in Forbes business magazine in its sixth annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges; in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education; as #11 in Washington Monthly’s 2013 rankings of the liberal arts colleges with “Best Bang for the Buck,” and as one of only 42 recognized schools in Is College Worth It? by New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett and David Wilezol.
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