Stonehill has been ranked among America’s top colleges by Forbes. In this year’s list of 650 schools, the College moved up 47 spots to 221. Partnering with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), the magazine, in calculating its rankings, places a strong emphasis on what return students get on their investment by attending a particular college or university.
“What sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college,” said the magazine in its release.
Three major factors in the College’s 47 place jump were its improvements in the actual vs. predicted retention rate category, the student debt default rate category and the alumni payscale category. The College has the 13th lowest student debt default rate in the country according to the latest data collected by the CCAP. Last year, Stonehill ranked 25th in the nation in that category.
A 130 place jump in the actual vs. predicted retention rate category represented the College’s largest move among the CCAP categories. A year ago, Stonehill ranked 431 but improved to 301 this year.
Stonehill alumni salaries rank within the top 27 percent of college graduates across the nation according to the Forbes list, which collects that data from Payscale.com. The College moved up 113 spots in that category.