Money’s 2015-2016 Top 25 Best Value Colleges In The U.S.

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Stanford University ranks 1 on Money’s list.

Which schools will give you the best bang for your tuition buck? Money ranks 736 four-year colleges based on 21 factors in three categories: affordability, educational quality, and alumni earnings.

In terms of affordability the following factors were taken into account: tuition increases, parent and student loans, merit aid, and the length of time it takes to graduate. (See more on this below under About Price.)

Another consideration was the “value added” grade that takes into account how well students are expected to perform based on their academic and economic backgrounds.

You can read more about Money’s methodology here.

According to a Washington Post article, Money’s list should be getting much more attention than it actually receives. The subject of ROI, the article explains, should be one of the biggest questions prospective students ask, and it’s practically missing from other, better known rankings. The article states:

“Unlike U.S. News, which focuses on several measures that really shouldn’t matter to students – percentage of alumni who donate, for example – Money magazine tries to answer the questions that prospective students should be asking on their college tours this summer: What is the graduation rate, net price (what’s the real tuition they’ll pay), how much do they and their parents have to borrow in loans, and will they learn any marketable skills that will help them get a job in order to pay back those loans?”

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About Price

Money provides a more accurate look at school price tags by multiplying the net one-year cost times the average number of years it takes a student to complete their studies. “An expensive college is fine,” the Washington Post article states, “but not if it takes you eight years instead of four years to complete your degree.” According to Money, it takes students on average 4.3 years to graduate college. Student loans and federal PLUS loans (no borrowing limit) are also taken into consideration.

The last, and perhaps most important factor Money measures, is the “outcomes” category. How much will a graduate’s post-degree job pay? (This is measured by using Payscale data and LinkedIn information.)

You can read more commentary by the Washington Post here.

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Using Med School Admissions Stats Strategically

As the new med school application cycle hits its stride, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by stats and rankings. For example, US News recently posted a list of the med schools that received the highest volume of applications in 2014.

Here’s the list:

Find out what the med school rankings really mean. [Free Download](A couple of notes: RNP indicates that a school is ranked in the bottom quarter of the US News rankings. Unranked schools were not considered for this listing. For more information, see the report. )

Now, a few things: by itself, the number of applications a school received—without any other information (such as the admission rate, the yield, the average GPA/MCAT of admitted students)—is not that helpful. You need to contextualize this data as part of the other information you have about each school.

For example, if all you know about Drexel is that it received 14,648 applications, that’s not a lot to go on. If you can add to that the information that 622 applicants were admitted (a rate of about 4.25 %), you immediately know much more. Of those 622 admitted applicants, 260 enrolled. The median GPA of admitted students was 3.59, and median MCAT was 31. Now you have a fuller picture, and you can start to evaluate whether your own scores might make you a competitive applicant.

With this in mind, here are a few tips for how to use stats strategically in your application process:

1. Be realistic about where you are competitive and apply accordingly.

2. Apply to a lot of schools— around 15-20 is reasonable (and more if you’re applying to schools where your scores are less competitive). Medical school is hard to get into!

3. Think carefully about stats and their implications. On its own, application volume doesn’t tell you very much. But when you add information about acceptance rates, yields, and the scores of admitted students, you have more to go on.

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Top Ranked Part-Time MBAs

The U.S. News has released its list of the top-ranked part time MBA programs.

Here are the top 10:

Are you using the rankings correctly?1. UC Berkeley (Haas)

2. U Chicago (Booth)

3. Northwestern (Kellogg)

4. NYU (Stern)

5. UCLA (Anderson)

6. U Michigan (Ross)

7 (tie). Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

7 (tie). U Texas- Austin (McCombs)

9. Ohio State (Fisher)

10 (tie). U Minnesota- Twin Cities (Carlson)

10 (tie). USC (Marshall)

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Are MBA Rankings REALLY Important?

What do the MBA rankings mean to you? What will they teach you? Should you trust them? Are MBA rankings REALLY important?

In our guide, MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know, newly updated and expanded for 2015, Linda Abraham will walk you through the process of locating the rankings, sifting through them for the important information, analyzing the relevant data, and then finally, USING that information to help you choose the best MBA program for YOU.

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The rankings ARE an important tool, but they’re also a tool that can easily be abused. Learn how to use the rankings properly when you download MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know today!

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U.S. News Most Selective Med Schools

U.S. News has released its list of med schools with the smallest acceptance rates – the 10 schools on the list accepted an average of just 2.7 percent of their applicants.

Here’s this year’s list:

10 Most Selective Med Schools
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of all medical and osteopathic schools

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