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.”