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The value of a USciences education was highlighted in a new college ranking from MONEY Magazine that grades the Best Colleges for Your Money.
The University was ranked 254 on the list of 711 schools nationwide and in the top 25 in the nation, and first in Pennsylvania, among schools dubbed Value-Added All Stars for the upward mobility of graduates, according to the magazine.
To help families sort through the cost and benefits of each college, MONEY ranked 711 institutions based on 27 measures of educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. In each category, they used at least one "value-added" measure, which reveals a school's performance after subtracting the impact of its average student's test scores and percentage of low-income students.
Value-Added All Stars were determined by examining the colleges and universities that have a proven track record of graduates with better-paying jobs than competitors that take in students from similar academic and economic backgrounds.
USciences’ high alumni earnings, graduation rates, and high rate of student loan repayment earned the University placement in the top 25 of these sought after schools. The University took the top spot for Colleges That Add the Most Value among schools in Pennsylvania.
USciences was also first among the institutions in Pennsylvania for mobility rate, or the percentage of students who come from families in the bottom fifth of incomes and end up in the top fifth of incomes. MONEY cited a recent study from The Equality of Opportunity Project, which determined that 63 percent of low income students who enroll in USciences graduate to become upper middle class. The upward mobility of USciences graduates outpaces students from Lafayette, Penn, Villanova, Lehigh and Franklin and Marshall.
Ranked for earnings by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, USciences again topped the state list, with an average annual salary of $95,800 after graduation. Other top schools include Penn at $79,700; Lehigh at $76,700 a year; Carnegie Mellon at $76,200 a year; Villanova at $73,900; and Bucknell and Lafayette, both about $69,000 a year.
Read the article about how local schools fare from The Philadelphia Inquirer.