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MONEY Magazine value ranking recognizes Waynesburg for third consecutive year

Ranking assessed quality of education, affordability and outcomes

Aug 20, 2018

Waynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, ranking third in the region.

The Magazine examined three primary factors, including quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

In compiling this ranking, MONEY utilized research and advice from dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing and value, according to their website, “to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s best-performing colleges.”

“This ranking reinforces our reputation as an affordable university that produces valuable outcomes,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is our goal to ensure that a Waynesburg University education remains accessible to all qualified students.”

Twenty-six data points were examined, including:

  • Net cost of degrees – According to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $10,000 below the national average for a private, non-profit, four-year college.
  • Student loan repayment and default risk – Waynesburg University’s student loan default rate of 2.8 percent is substantially below the national average of 11.5 percent.
  • Outcomes – 97 percent of 2016 Waynesburg graduates reported working or studying in their chosen fields within one year of graduation.

As stated on MONEY’s website, “MONEY’s Best Colleges for Your Money rankings combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with indicators of alumni financial success, along with a unique analysis of how much value a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students.”

For more information on the methodology behind the 2018 rankings, visit

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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