When it comes to colleges that give students the most bang for their buck, UCF makes the cut.
Money magazine recently released its Best Colleges rankings list, which whittles down the 1,500 four-year colleges in America to the best 665.
UCF comes in at No. 319 with a 46 percent acceptance rate and a 3.78 average high school GPA. With $101,267 as the net price of a degree and $41,000 as the average annual salary earned by graduates after five years, UCF was given a value grade of 2.97.
The University of Florida landed much closer to the top of the list at No. 28, with an acceptance rate of 44 percent and 4.0 average high school GPA. With 32,776 students enrolled, the net price of a degree is $86,963 and the average annual salary graduates receive after five years is $47,600. The school received a 3.71 value grade from Money.
Florida State University also placed higher than UCF, at No. 223. The university, which currently has 32,171 enrolled students, has an acceptance rate of 54 percent and an average high school GPA of 3.85. The net price of a degree from FSU is $96,033 and the average annual salary earned after five years is $41,600. Money gave the institution a 3.1 value grade.
Coming in after UCF, the University of South Florida was ranked No. 487, with an acceptance rate of 43 percent and an average high school GPA of 3.83. With 31,125 students enrolled, its $99,991 net price for a degree, coupled with a $41,400 average annual salary earned after five years, resulted in a value grade of 2.78.
Money arrived at these rankings by first removing any colleges with below-average graduation rates, and then rated the 665 institutions that remained on 18 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings as provided by PayScale, a salary comparison website. The value grade, or ranking score, is based off the economic and academic profile the colleges' student bodies and available majors.
Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts, took the No. 1 spot with a 29 percent acceptance rate and a 3.6 average high school GPA. With only 2,015 students, Babson only offers one degree — a B.S. in business. Its alumni also boast an average annual salary of almost $60,000, with $198,917 as the net price of a degree. In the end, the school received a 4.41 value grade.
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