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The 20 best value colleges of 2019

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,737 Senior Member
"...Every year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges releases a ranking of the 10 "best-buy" public and the 10 "best-buy" private colleges.

Here are the 20 schools that came out on top for 2019:" ...

Another list, FWIW.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/19/the-20-best-value-colleges-of-2019.html
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,083 Senior Member
    I'm amazed that Beloit isn't on that list. It's got such great spirit and the FA seems terrific.
  • pishicacapishicaca Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    If only tuition and fees were the only costs of attendance. With lists like this one providing misleading figures with no qualifiers or definitions, it’s no wonder people have sticker shock when they see an all-in cost.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,953 Super Moderator
    I'm surprised neither Deep Springs nor a single military academy made the list. It's hard to beat a fully funded education for "best value." These colleges aren't for everyone, admittedly, but that's no reason to exclude them.

    It's also surprising that Warren Wilson made the list but other Work Colleges like Berea (which has a much lower net cost after fin aid) did not.
  • yearstogoyearstogo Registered User Posts: 541 Member
    I am surprised Evergreen College made the list. From the news that has been coming out about them one wonders if they will survive.
  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen Registered User Posts: 1,115 Senior Member
    I just went to the list of colleges' financial health list, and they list a thousand colleges, but alphabetically it goes right from Everglades U. to Fairfield U. -- Evergreen College isn't even listed in a pretty comprehensive list. I wonder why.

    In any case, I'd think that a list of best value colleges should include financial health of said colleges. Schools with C's and worse are headed for trouble, and I wouldn't want to go to a college that will have to restructure/significantly raise tuition or even threaten to have to shutter its doors.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 26
    I just went to the list of colleges' financial health list, and they list a thousand colleges, but alphabetically it goes right from Everglades U. to Fairfield U. -- Evergreen College isn't even listed in a pretty comprehensive list. I wonder why.
    @JenJenJenJen The full name of the school is actually "Evergreen State College". And there's your answer. The Forbes listing of colleges for financial health only addresses private schools.

    The concept of "financial health" is different for state schools, like Evergreen State or UW or Washington State, since they are financially subsidized by state governments. There is a default assumption that a US state is not going to let its state colleges or universities go bankrupt, even if they run at a financial loss. In fact, state universities are typically expected to run at a financial loss; they normally offer heavily discounted tuition rates to state residents, with state funding making up the difference.

    Of course, a US state could decide to reorganize its state college system, reallocate funding to different campuses, or open or close campuses as it sees fit. It is entirely possible that Evergreen could be affected by such changes in the future. But those are political considerations that don't show up on a financial balance sheet.
  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen Registered User Posts: 1,115 Senior Member
    That is very helpful, @Corbett , thank you!
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 26
    I'm surprised neither Deep Springs nor a single military academy made the list. It's hard to beat a fully funded education for "best value." These colleges aren't for everyone, admittedly, but that's no reason to exclude them.
    I doubt that a lot of thought went into this particular list. You could maybe excuse the absence of Deep Springs though. The first paragraph of the article specifically discusses the value of a bachelor's degree, which implies that the focus is on four-year colleges. Deep Springs is a junior college, and does not issue bachelor's degrees.
  • natty1988natty1988 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 Registered User Posts: 729 Member
    @Dustyfeathers "I'm amazed that Beloit isn't on that list. It's got such great spirit and the FA seems terrific."

    Maybe college niche knows something we don't? They have them ranked in best value colleges #422 out of 1,592 lol
  • natty1988natty1988 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    University of Iowa is a good one on this list. I've heard that it's kind of a hidden gem in the Midwest, especially since it tends to get a bit overshadowed by more well known flagship state U's such as Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma, etc...
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 4,543 Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen : I agree that financial health grades for private schools is important. If included in the book Colleges That Change Lives, I think that many would think differently about that book.

    With respect to public universities, a financial health grade should also be given based on the financial health of the state & how the state funds its colleges & universities.

    Great point @JenJenJenJen & @Corbett valuable insights.
  • ilovebillyjoelilovebillyjoel Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Hmm..crossed Rice off our list because when I plugged in NPC, it was very pricy.
  • victorbluevictorblue Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    10 best value colleges of 2019
    University of Arizona
    Evergreen State College
    University of Florida
    University of Iowa
    New College of Florida
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Purdue University
    SUNY–Binghamton University
    Texas A&M University
    Truman State University

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