Finances Among Top Ranked Colleges and Universities

The Forbes 2023 College Financial Grades report paints a largely positive picture of the financial health of America’s elite higher education institutions. Remarkably, 93% of the colleges and universities that ranked in the top 100, according to US News and World Report’s classifications of liberal arts colleges or national universities, …

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Most Diverse Colleges



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Technical Degrees Often Take More than Four Years

Students often expect to complete their undergraduate study in four years, but an analysis of the Common Data Set shows that spending an additional year or two is not uncommon.

At a group of selected technical universities (listed in the graph below), the median four-year graduation rate is 69%. This …

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Tuition Increase

Over the past decade, tuition has increased by between 40 and 50 percent, for an average annual increase of 3.2%. In the 2022-2023 academic year, most colleges and universities increased their tuition by between 3 and 5%. Some of the highest percentage increases among schools were at the University of …

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Best ROI: Comparing Tuition and Salary

As college tuition rises, many are asking: is it worth it? In our research of the question, we selected a number of universities across the United States and compared the cost of tuition with early-career (0-5 years) and mid-career (10+ years) salaries earned by graduates.

Given the lower cost of …

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US News Changes Methodology Behind Annual Rankings

The annual release of the U.S. News Best Colleges list came with new methodologies for ranking schools. While the recent change in approach includes parameters such as faculty salaries and rank, the most controversial change focuses on test scores during the pandemic.

Colleges reporting less than 50% of their admitted …

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Increased Diversity in 2021 UC Admissions

In 2021, the UC’s saw an increase in the number of admitted students by 19% from 2019. The number of admitted underrepresented freshmen increased by about 22%, whereas the number of well-represented groups–Caucasian and Asian American students–increased by about 10%.

In 2019, 28,547 underrepresented freshmen were admitted across all UC …

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