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July 23, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. – An online resource for college affordability and financial aid information has identified Eastern Oregon University as one of the institutions in Oregon providing students with good return on their investment.
Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) looked at 93 colleges and universities in the state and then ranked the top 14 as “High ROI Colleges.”
Net tuition prices, graduates’ average starting salaries and return on investment calculations were factored into the ranking criteria. All of the schools on the list are fully accredited, four-year, not-for-profit institutions.
When it comes to cost, EOU is the most affordable option among Oregon’s seven public universities. A full-time, resident undergraduate student will pay around $7,500 in tuition and fees in 2013-14.
ACO also found that graduates from the top 14 schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 30-year span.
“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Oregon that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”
ACO compiled the list of top 14 schools following these highly respected, authoritative data sets:
NCES – the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.
IPEDS – the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.
Carnegie Classification – a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
Payscale.com – the premier salary data collection organization.
> View ACO’s complete list of “Colleges in Oregon with High ROI”
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