July 23, 2015

Money Magazine: Gonzaga a Top Value

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University is listed in Money magazine’s second annual college planning calculator as the best value among private colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) and the 109th (tie) best value among all four-year public and private schools in the nation – rising from 177th a year ago.

In its methodology ranking the nation’s 736 best-value colleges and universities, Money excluded schools with graduation rates below the median and those facing financial difficulties. The schools were ranked on 21 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability, and outcomes (including alumni earnings).

In the rankings published earlier this month, Gonzaga also earned a B+ in the “value added” grade.

“We estimate a college’s ‘value add’ by calculating its performance on important measures such as graduation rates, student loan default rates, and post-graduation earnings, after adjusting for the types of students it admits,” Money notes in an in-depth discussion of its methodology. “We believe this analysis gives students and parents a much better indication of which colleges will provide real value for their tuition dollars.”