How do you define the value in your college or university? Cost, opportunity, support? Students all hope to find a higher education option with the goal of ultimately securing future success. There are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from across the country, so choosing the right one can be a difficult endeavor. Finding a school that can serve as both a great value and strong return on investment can be a tough task.
With Time/Money’s 727 Best Colleges for Your Money ranking list, some help is available in finding value and making that investment. The 2018-19 report has been released, and a large number of SUNY schools are named as best values in America.
MONEY analyzed over 700 colleges and universities across America based on criteria such as graduation rates, tuition prices, alumni earnings, and more to create these rankings. Their methodology consisted of reviewing three categories, which each counted as 1/3 of the weight of how a school was ranked:
Quality of Education – 6-year graduation rate, peer quality, financial troubles, value-added graduation rate, instructor quality, plus more.
Affordability – Net price of a degree, student load repayment and default risk, affordability, plus more.
Outcomes – Graduates’ earnings, employment outcomes, socio-economic mobility, job meaning, plus more.
Now that we know how the rankings are compiled, we can get to the results. Here is the list of all SUNY schools that were named Best Colleges for Your Money for 2018-19:
SUNY strives to make education the best return on investment and as affordable as possible with programs such as the Excelsior Scholarship and Smart Track. These programs help students understand and manage college financing from beginning to end. When comparing our tuition prices to the national average, SUNY stands among the most affordable options in the country. Combining that value with opportunities like individualized education, seamless transfer, and more shows how the return on a SUNY investment is a strong one.
Tiffanie is a Social Media Assistant Intern at SUNY System Administration. She is a senior at SUNY Albany double-majoring in Psychology and Communications.