Texas A&M University is tops in Texas among public institutions in Money magazine’s new “best college values” rankings — and is included among the six top public universities nationally when combining quality, affordability and how an institution’s graduates fare monetarily in their careers.
“Which of the nation’s roughly 1,500 four-year colleges provide the biggest bang for your tuition buck — that is, offer students a great education at a comparatively affordable price that usually leads to a well-paid job?,” ask the editors of the widely distributed magazine in their August issue.
They answer that question by featuring the 50 colleges and universities they think make the grade in the magazine’s first such ranking endeavor.
Texas A&M and Rice University were the only Texas institutions included in Money’s top 50, but others are included in the magazine’s overall assessment of 665 institutions that can be viewed at money.com/colleges.
In addition to placing sixth nationally among publics, Texas A&M tied at 24th overall with two Ivy League schools, Cornell University and Dartmouth College. Rice and Notre Dame tied at 20th overall.
Money’s list is dominated by private institutions, headed by Babson College in Massachusetts, Webb Institute in New York and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Princeton University and Stanford University rounding out the top five.
The top public institution in Money’s rankings is the University of California at Berkeley, followed by Maine Military Academy, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute and the University of Michigan.
Money’s editors say they cut the overall list of college and universities to the 665 schools with graduation rates at or above the median. They then ranked them on 17 factors reflecting educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. They also included a “value added” grade that rated each college in light of the economic and academic profile of its student body
Money’s rankings are among several released recently in which Texas A&M is cited for value or profiled in a more general manner. Others include Princeton Review and the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
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