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2013 PayScale College ROI Report
2013 College ROI Rankings: Best ROI by Type

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*Public school rankings are based on in-state tuition. Out-of-state tuition information can be found on the full list.


engineering schools
Engineering Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Harvey Mudd College Private not-for-profit 84% $221,700 $2,113,000 8.30%
2 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Private not-for-profit 87% $213,000 $1,991,000 8.20%
3 Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Private not-for-profit 54% $214,300 $1,622,000 7.60%
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Private not-for-profit 93% $215,700 $1,606,000 7.50%
5 SUNY - Maritime College Public (In-State) 47% $90,530 $1,586,000 10.40%
6 Colorado School of Mines Public (In-State) 70% $107,100 $1,574,000 9.70%
7 Stevens Institute of Technology Private not-for-profit 79% $237,300 $1,461,000 6.90%
8 Georgia Institute of Technology Public (In-State) 79% $87,030 $1,389,000 10.00%
9 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Private not-for-profit 77% $209,400 $1,354,000 7.10%
10 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Private not-for-profit 76% $214,900 $1,316,000 6.90%
ivy league schools
Ivy League Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Harvard University Private not-for-profit 97% $218,200 $1,334,000 6.90%
2 Dartmouth College Private not-for-profit 95% $221,600 $1,262,000 6.70%
3 Princeton University Private not-for-profit 96% $213,200 $1,234,000 6.70%
4 University of Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit 96% $222,700 $1,220,000 6.60%
5 Columbia University Private not-for-profit 93% $225,800 $1,175,000 6.40%
6 Brown University Private not-for-profit 95% $219,700 $1,118,000 6.30%
7 Cornell University - Ithaca, NY Private not-for-profit 93% $218,200 $1,117,000 6.40%
8 Yale University Private not-for-profit 97% $222,600 $954,300 5.80%
liberal arts schools
Liberal Arts Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Harvey Mudd College Private not-for-profit 84% $221,700 $2,113,000 8.30%
2 Claremont McKenna College Private not-for-profit 91% $220,300 $1,341,000 6.90%
3 Williams College Private not-for-profit 95% $217,500 $1,254,000 6.70%
4 Haverford College Private not-for-profit 93% $219,100 $1,222,000 6.60%
5 Swarthmore College Private not-for-profit 95% $215,200 $1,139,000 6.50%
6 Lafayette College Private not-for-profit 88% $212,500 $1,119,000 6.40%
7 Bucknell University Private not-for-profit 91% $216,900 $1,094,000 6.30%
8 Washington and Lee University Private not-for-profit 91% $209,900 $1,053,000 6.30%
9 Hamilton College - Clinton, NY Private not-for-profit 89% $213,900 $1,030,000 6.20%
10 Amherst College Private not-for-profit 96% $218,300 $1,024,000 6.10%
state schools
State Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 SUNY - Maritime College Public (In-State) 47% $90,530 $1,586,000 10.40%
2 Colorado School of Mines Public (In-State) 70% $107,100 $1,574,000 9.70%
3 Georgia Institute of Technology Public (In-State) 79% $87,030 $1,389,000 10.00%
4 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Public (In-State) 65% $96,380 $1,316,000 9.50%
5 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Public (In-State) 46% $85,830 $1,228,000 9.70%
6 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Public (In-State) 54% $134,100 $1,223,000 8.20%
7 Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) Public (In-State) 67% $94,380 $1,183,000 9.20%
8 University of California - Berkeley Public (In-State) 90% $125,100 $1,182,000 8.30%
9 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Public (In-State) 75% $97,730 $1,151,000 9.00%
10 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus Public (In-State) 50% $97,130 $1,094,000 8.80%
research schools
Research Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Private not-for-profit 87% $213,000 $1,991,000 8.20%
2 Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Private not-for-profit 54% $214,300 $1,622,000 7.60%
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Private not-for-profit 93% $215,700 $1,606,000 7.50%
4 Colorado School of Mines Public (In-State) 70% $107,100 $1,574,000 9.70%
5 Stevens Institute of Technology Private not-for-profit 79% $237,300 $1,461,000 6.90%
6 Stanford University Private not-for-profit 96% $230,100 $1,432,000 6.90%
7 Georgia Institute of Technology Public (In-State) 79% $87,030 $1,389,000 10.00%
8 Harvard University Private not-for-profit 97% $218,200 $1,334,000 6.90%
9 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Private not-for-profit 76% $214,900 $1,316,000 6.90%
10 Dartmouth College Private not-for-profit 95% $221,600 $1,262,000 6.70%
art schools
Art Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Otis College of Art and Design Private not-for-profit 52% $107,200 $888,300 7.80%
2 California College of the Arts Private not-for-profit 49% $218,100 $767,100 5.30%
3 Academy of Art University Private for-profit 34% $178,800 $713,000 5.60%
4 Pratt Institute Private not-for-profit 62% $216,200 $654,400 4.90%
5 College for Creative Studies Private not-for-profit 57% $199,400 $567,900 4.70%
6 School of Visual Arts (SVA) - New York, NY Private for-profit 70% $207,300 $486,300 4.20%
7 Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Private not-for-profit 87% $227,200 $424,300 3.70%
8 Massachusetts College of Art and Design Public (In-State) 68% $104,700 $412,200 5.60%
9 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Private not-for-profit 70% $162,600 $393,100 4.30%
10 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Private not-for-profit 60% $232,300 $276,700 2.80%
business schools
Business Schools
Rank School Name (PayScale) School Type (IPEDS) Overall Graduation
Rate
(IPEDS)
Weighted
Total
Cost
(IPEDS)
30-Year Net
Return on Investment (ROI)
(2013 Dollars)
Annualized Net ROI
1 Babson College Private not-for-profit 90% $217,300 $1,228,000 6.70%
2 Bentley University Private not-for-profit 88% $207,300 $919,800 5.90%
3 Bryant University Private not-for-profit 77% $190,800 $847,900 5.90%
4 Saint Joseph's University (SJU) - Philadelphia, PA Private not-for-profit 76% $205,800 $775,000 5.50%
5 Park University Private not-for-profit 39% $88,130 $644,100 7.40%
6 Nichols College Private not-for-profit 43% $164,900 $612,000 5.40%
7 Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Private not-for-profit 67% $129,000 $516,500 5.60%
8 Southern New Hampshire University Private not-for-profit 57% $162,100 $467,100 4.80%
9 Post University Private for-profit 36% $165,900 $457,900 4.60%
10 Robert Morris University (RMU) - Moon Township, PA Private not-for-profit 59% $152,800 $439,300 4.70%
* While PayScale relies upon tuition information from the Department of Education for all schools listed in the PayScale College ROI Rankings, this school has an uncommon cost. Please see the methodology for details on how we accounted for these cost differences.
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