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b2ap3_thumbnail_best-value_cip-51.38_hq.pngb2ap3_thumbnail_best-value_cip-43.01_hq.pngb2ap3_thumbnail_best-colleges-for-money__hq.pngWaynesburg University has been recognized as a “Best College for the Money” for the second consecutive year by College Factual, placing the University in the top 15 percent nationwide. Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice and Nursing Programs were also identified as a “Best Value.”

“We are proud to be consistently recognized on a national level as best value school,” said President Douglas G. Lee. “It is a priority of ours to ensure an affordable Christian higher education is possible for our students in an increasingly competitive market.”

The ranking, published by USA Today, places Waynesburg 155th out of the more than 1,300 schools on the list. The University also ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in Pennsylvania for value.

Both Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice and Nursing Programs ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide.

College Factual ranks schools for best value by estimating the actual average cost for an undergraduate degree, using the quality results from the best colleges ranking and personalized factors, such as location, cost and financial aid.

Recently, Waynesburg University was named to MONEY Magazine’s 2017-2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list. Additionally, 98 percent of 2015 graduates have been reported working full time or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Brookings Institution recently scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed nationwide.

The nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions measured the value colleges add to student outcomes, irrespective of student characteristics, based on the earnings of alumni. As Brookings describes on their website, value-added measures provide a more equal way to compare colleges and attempt to isolate the contribution of a college to student outcomes.

“We take pride in yet another national distinction that highlights the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students are being challenged on a daily basis, gaining skills that they are successfully employing in the workforce.”

The research builds upon the Obama administration’s new College Scorecard database that produced value-added rankings for 3,173 colleges (1,507 two-year colleges and 1,666 four-year colleges). According to Brookings, the College Scorecard database “represents a substantial improvement in data quality and transparency in higher education.”

Brookings analyzed criteria including curriculum value, STEM orientation and completion rates.

This recognition follows Waynesburg’s recent ranking in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI) by CollegeNET, which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list. 

Additionally, The Economist recently released their first-ever college rankings, which measured 1,275 colleges and universities based on how much graduates actually earn verses their projected earnings. Waynesburg ranked in the top 100 nationwide.

For more information on these rankings, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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