Once again, the Princeton Review has included Centre College in its annual list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”
The colleges included in the publication are considered the nation’s best for academics, affordability and value of degree. Among the other notable institutions included alongside Centre are Davidson College, Grinnell College, Kenyon College, Rhodes College, Stanford University and Yale University.
The Princeton Review decides which schools to include by using 40 data points to calculate each institution’s return on investment (ROI), allowing graduation rates, post-graduation salaries and job satisfaction to be considered along with academic quality and cost. That data is culled from surveys the Princeton Review conducted of administrators and students at 650 schools over the last academic year. Also included is alumni data contributed on PayScale.com.
This ranking is one of many lauding Centre’s academics and affordability, including places on the best value lists of Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and a “Best Buy” in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. PayScale.com also ranked the College the #1 institution in the state of Kentucky for best alumni earnings.
Centre is committed to giving students the “bang for their buck” that the Princeton Review ranking praises. Through a combination of endowment funds and donations, Centre is able to provide institutional aid of more than $29 million to its 1,400 students each year. Centre also has a number of premier scholarship programs, including the Grissom Scholarship for first-generation college students and the Lincoln Scholarship and Brown Fellows Program for students of exceptional merit.
Centre consistently provides evidence of the ROI students and alumni experience firsthand. For instance, 98 percent of the Class of 2015 was employed or pursuing a graduate degree within a year of graduation—a percentage that has only increased over recent years.
The Princeton Review does not rank the 200 colleges and universities in its publication. More information about the 2017 Princeton Review “Colleges That Pay You Back” publication is available here.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
February 1, 2017