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MONEY Magazine Names Saint Anselm One of “Best Colleges for Your Money”

July 19, 2017

Chip Underhill
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7326 (Desk)

MONEY Magazine has named Saint Anselm College as one of the "Best Colleges for Your Money." In its July 2017 issue, MONEY ranks Saint Anselm College #155 for return on tuition investment out of 711 colleges and universities in the United States.

In evaluating the cost of college against future employment and other criteria, MONEY reviewed public and private institutions of widely varying sizes from across the country. Saint Anselm College, a private Catholic, Benedictine college, is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts.

Money's rankings for 2017, according to the magazine, "approach on what matters most to students and parents: Where will they get the best return on their investment after graduation?"

Graduates of Saint Anselm College historically thrive following their undergraduate college careers. For example, 99% of the class of 2016 were documented within six months of graduation as working full-time, continuing their education and/or volunteering around the globe. Also, of the 263 companies that hired recent Saint Anselm graduates, 21 hired more than one graduate.

The Saint Anselm College nursing class of 2016, the most-recent year for which data is available, had a 100% passing rate on the Nursing Certification Licensing Exam. The national average was 84.56%.

"Saint Anselm has carefully and deliberately crafted a college curriculum and culture to give its students a foundation for a bright future," said Eric Nichols, vice president of Enrollment. "This independent rating confirms the value of Saint Anselm's rigorous and well-rounded academic program and the values of our community."

MONEY describes its rankings methodology as including 27 measures of educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. The magazine further explains it uses at least one "value-added" measure in each category to reveal a school's performance after subtracting the impact of its average student's test scores and percentage of low-income students. The MONEY editorial staff determines weightings used to create school rankings.

By another measure, Saint Anselm ranks 33rd among liberal arts colleges in the country for the best return on investment. Payscale ranked more than 900 colleges and universities based on total cost and alumni earnings. Payscale is an online salary, benefits and compensation information company that measures the value of college.

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