August 13, 2011
College Rankings

Forbes’ annual list of America’s best undergraduate institutions. Click here to see the full list. From the website: “Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school “reputation” and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending.”

After checking out the list, it’s interesting how the smaller schools in Iowa do so much better than the larger ones, considering nearly everyone I know says the small schools are not as good as the public universities. The results for Iowa of the schools that qualified in the top 650 nationally, along with their national ranking:

  • #68 Grinnell College, annual tuition $49,062, enrollment 1,688
  • #139 Luther College, annual tuition $42,720, enrollment 2,519
  • #157 Wartburg College (my alma mater!), annual tuition $39,395, enrollment 1,800
  • #204 Coe College, annual tuition $41,750, enrollment 1,300
  • #271 Cornell College, annual tuition $42,820, enrollment 1,133
  • #290 Simpson College, annual tuition $38,156, enrollment 2,025
  • #302 Drake University, annual tuition $39,550, enrollment 5,653
  • #305 Clarke University, annual tuition $35,490, enrollment 1,202
  • #328 Dordt College, annual tuition $33,900, enrollment 1,322
  • #352 Northwestern College, annual tuition $34,438, enrollment 1,206
  • #429 Central College, annual tuition $38,962, enrollment 1,636
  • #434 University of Iowa, annual tuition $36,649, enrollment 28,987
  • #514 Iowa State University, annual tuition $30,487, enrollment 27,945
  • #517 University of Northern Iowa, annual tuition $26,992, enrollment 13,303

So maybe the larger schools with lower tuition may NOT be the best deal, eh? Of course, I’ve said this for years (so has the wife). But many friends blindly look at the initial tuition numbers and then look elsewhere.

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