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(WalletHub)   What college provides the best bang for the buck? New 2018 rankings emphasize value against cost   ( wallethub.com) divider line
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2017-10-23 08:11:42 PM  
That webpage is a farking nightmare.
 
2017-10-23 09:03:09 PM  
MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Cal Tech, Yale, Duke, Penn, Columbia, and Rice.  Where is Trump University?  Obvious bias here in favor of schools with high academic standards.
 
2017-10-24 12:34:15 AM  
The authors have to be smoking crack.  They list Grace University in Omaha above several much better and more recognized universities in the Midwest.  Grace University is closing because they can't attract enough students to survive.
 
2017-10-24 02:08:20 AM  
Anybody else get a letter asking if you wanted to be included in the National High School Honors Almanac?
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2017-10-24 02:52:34 AM  
Pomona College looks like a damn hard place to live.
 
2017-10-24 03:15:14 AM  
Harvey Mudd College looks like a math junkie's fantasy school.
 
2017-10-24 04:07:25 AM  
Everybody knows: University of Vermont offers the best Bang for the Buck. Otherwise go for Northeastern.
 
2017-10-24 06:08:43 AM  
Go to community college, get good grades, and then transfer to your local state school, preferably staying in your parents basement if its within commuting distance.

There. I just saved you $50,000
 
2017-10-24 07:13:58 AM  
They list University of Maryland Baltimore County but omit UMD College Park entirely.  I wonder what else they left off.  I wouldn't trust this list.
 
2017-10-24 07:57:05 AM  
What about what we really want to know...

What college provides the best bang? for the buck
 
2017-10-24 07:58:21 AM  

stan unusual: The authors have to be smoking crack.  They list Grace University in Omaha above several much better and more recognized universities in the Midwest.  Grace University is closing because they can't attract enough students to survive.


they must have spent a few hundred to advertise on WalletHub then...
 
2017-10-24 08:00:16 AM  
The rankings allegedly list "value for money", yet all of the top universities in each region are high-tuition private schools.  Yeah.
 
2017-10-24 08:02:15 AM  

feckingmorons: That webpage is a farking nightmare.


I second this, terrible layout.
 
2017-10-24 08:15:35 AM  
Didn't see my undergraduate which while a small liberal arts college, tends to dominate these value rankings.

I think Forbes more simplistic metric system works better: quality (35%) + drop-out risk (15%) + graduation time (15%) + alumni salaries (25%) + alumni skills (10%) / gross tuition and fees. We do not know the breakdown for wallethub but Forbes placing 65% on the questions of "Will I graduate in 4 years?"  and "Will I find a good paying job?" seems to be far more relevant. Not showing your work makes it difficult to trust you wallethub. Likewise, what does campus experience even mean?
 
2017-10-24 08:58:42 AM  
UW-Milwaukee not even on the list.  Ya, that figures.
 
2017-10-24 09:16:51 AM  
"The pursuit of knowledge? What a quaint concept! I'll bet you yearn for the horse-and-buggy days!"

/yes, I do.
 
2017-10-24 09:23:01 AM  

The Third Man: The rankings allegedly list "value for money", yet all of the top universities in each region are high-tuition private schools.  Yeah.


Hey, ya gotta spend money to make money. The surest way of landing a top job out of college is by providing the alibi that saves the son of the VP of Chase Bank from expulsion and/or prison. What chance do you have of doing that at Chico State?
 
2017-10-24 10:03:05 AM  

2wolves: Harvey Mudd College looks like a math junkie's fantasy school.


I'm from the MidWest region, and moved around the country a bit. I didn't learn about Harvey Mudd until I was working in SoCal. I've worked with two engineers from the school, which is a very small sample size from a very small school. Both of them went through significant growing pains when they were forced to accept that their degrees didn't really make them special in our industry. There's plenty of smart people to go around--we generally value discipline and attitude. "I went to school at Harvey Mudd!" means very, very little in our world; but, you'll still be paid well just as the engineer from [respected public university].

I don't expect my kids will be going there, but I have to respect the effort Harvey Mudd puts into trying to market themselves as "the best" through their students and other media. In the small sample size I've experienced, I'd suggest rating their engineering graduates on par with UCLA / UCSD, but with attitudes that'll take a couple years to break. Even the MIT and Stanford guys are more humble experts.
 
2017-10-24 10:06:43 AM  

The Third Man: The rankings allegedly list "value for money", yet all of the top universities in each region are high-tuition private schools.  Yeah.


That's the point. If you go to Yale, for example, the tuition may be insane, but your lifetime earnings are likely to be much more than had you gone to small state school. Life isn't a meritocracy. Graduate programs and employers give people who went to a prestigious school the benefit of the doubt.

The bottom line is that if you get into one of the most prestigious schools it's almost always worth the cost.
 
2017-10-24 10:52:50 AM  

Scythed: Go to community college, get good grades, and then transfer to your local state school, preferably staying in your parents basement if its within commuting distance.

There. I just saved you $50,000


Check out Western Governors University. Tuition is $3000 a 6 month semester, take as many classes on line as you want for that flat price. At that price, and the all-you-can-teach buffet, it can beat even community colleges.
 
2017-10-24 11:27:53 AM  

hackalope: Scythed: Go to community college, get good grades, and then transfer to your local state school, preferably staying in your parents basement if its within commuting distance.

There. I just saved you $50,000

Check out Western Governors University. Tuition is $3000 a 6 month semester, take as many classes on line as you want for that flat price. At that price, and the all-you-can-teach buffet, it can beat even community colleges.


And in many states it is a state school.  In Indiana it is.  wgu.indiana.edu.  Certainly a good way to get the basic core stuff out of the way.
 
2017-10-24 01:33:52 PM  
Another jackass with an internet connection outs up a college ranking list. Usually with opaque methodology, horrible data quality control and some unspecified manner of buying rank.

Every time one of these gets coverage I have to research and usually debunk it. Hope nobody at my school sees this IR my day is ruined (more).
 
2017-10-24 03:15:37 PM  

feckingmorons: That webpage is a farking nightmare.


Don't be a pussy, just click into a space where you think more text should be showing then use arrow keys to bring the data into the visible pane. How much easier do the need to make it for you?
 
2017-10-24 04:20:59 PM  

nemisonic: Everybody knows: University of Vermont offers the best Bang for the Buck. Otherwise go for Northeastern.


What are you smoking and can I have some?
I grew up in Vermont and didn't even apply to UVM because its too expensive for what it offers.
Or are you referring to their reputation as a party school?
 
2017-10-24 08:25:46 PM  
Alright!  My alma mater made the top 500.  Barely.
 
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