February 11, 2015
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are two of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation and generous financial aid, according to The Princeton Review.
CSB and SJU are among 200 schools that the education services company profiles in its just published book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition. The schools are also featured on The Princeton Review’s site.
The Princeton Review developed a unique “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to develop its list of 200 colleges for this new book. ROE measures 40 weighted data points including academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The company based its ROE rating on its data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.
The “Career Information” section of the profile lists a high ROE rating score of 84 for CSB and SJU. The profile also reports PayScale.com figures on median salaries of CSB and SJU’s alumnae/i, showing the median starting salary as $43,700 and median mid-career salary as $82,800.
The Princeton Review also lists CSB and SJU as the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.