Waynesburg University has been ranked in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI), which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status.
Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University is the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.
Developed by CollegeNET and PayScale, the SMI ranks schools based on access, affordability and the ability to advance students’ economic mobility. Gaining international attention, the SMI has been featured in the Daily Mail, a British daily newspaper.
“This ranking sheds light on the affordability of a Waynesburg University degree, and equally as important, the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students graduate with the knowledge necessary to lead fiscally sound lives and with the résumés necessary to secure their desired jobs, fully equipping them to become contributing members of society.”
More than 900 colleges and universities were compared based on criteria that included tuition, the economic background of the student body, the graduation rate and early career salary for graduates.
According to the study's statement of purpose, the SMI shows that “through wise policy-making, colleges and universities can be part of improving both economic opportunity and social stability in our country.” Waynesburg’s high ranking and the supporting data indicate that the University is already fulfilling that need.
These findings have also led to recognition for Waynesburg University in a ranking index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which has consistently ranked Waynesburg’s value in the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide.
ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.” The University ranked No. 104 out of the 1,224 schools listed in ETC’s College Rankings Index for 2015.
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