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2013 PayScale College ROI Report
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School Name School Type (IPEDS) Weighted Total Cost (IPEDS) 30-Year
Net ROI
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Stanford University Private not-for-profit $230,100 $1,611,000 7.30%
2 The College of William and Mary Public (In-State) $92,910 $1,208,000 9.30%
3 University of California - San Diego (UCSD) Public (In-State) $115,500 $1,072,000 8.20%
4 James Madison University (JMU) Public (In-State) $83,350 $1,064,000 9.30%
5 University of Oklahoma Public (In-State) $94,080 $920,700 8.40%
6 University of Vermont (UVM) Public (In-State) $107,500 $916,500 7.90%
7 Northwestern University Private not-for-profit $226,600 $902,100 5.60%
8 George Washington University (GWU) Private not-for-profit $223,500 $828,800 5.40%
9 Texas A&M University - Main Campus Public (In-State) $88,920 $818,300 8.20%
10 Southern Methodist University (SMU) Private not-for-profit $215,900 $807,100 5.40%
11 University of Central Florida (UCF) Public (In-State) $82,730 $778,100 8.30%
12 Brigham Young University (BYU) Private not-for-profit $77,820 $773,600 8.40%
13 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Public (In-State) $91,790 $763,700 7.90%
14 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Public (In-State) $78,660 $763,300 8.40%
15 San Jose State University (SJSU) Public (In-State) $108,000 $731,000 7.20%
16 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Public (In-State) $109,000 $723,900 7.10%
17 University of Maryland - College Park Public (In-State) $92,510 $714,000 7.60%
18 Boston University Private not-for-profit $227,800 $697,400 4.90%
19 University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Public (In-State) $121,400 $692,200 6.70%
20 University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus Public (In-State) $91,370 $691,400 7.60%
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