August 09, 2016
Susquehanna University appears on Money magazine's 2016 "Best Colleges" list. The magazine's stated goal was to determine which of the country's roughly 2,000 four-year colleges and universities "deliver the most value-that is, a great education, at an affordable price that helps students launch promising careers."
Susquehanna's recognition is based on our six-year graduation rate; the net price of a degree, which is the estimated amount that a student will pay after financial aid is subtracted; the amount of student and parent loans; and estimated earnings of a college's graduates, among other criteria. See Susquehanna's full profile here.
"Our students receive an outstanding arts and sciences education, they have professors who are also mentors, and they get real-world, professional experience like internships and research that set them up for lifelong success," said Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Susquehanna University. "We are pleased that an independent organization like Money magazine has recognized the value-added dimension of a Susquehanna education."
After screening out schools with low graduation rates and those facing financial difficulties, Money ranked the remaining colleges on 24 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.
Money also uses its "comparative value" scoring method, which assesses how well students at each school fare compared with those at other schools where the students who attend come from similar academic and economic backgrounds.
Along with the list, Money has an interactive tool on its website to help students identify colleges that are a good fit based on their individual criteria.