The ranking is St. Bonaventure’s highest ever on U.S. News’ “Great Schools, Great Prices” list of Best Regional Universities in the North, which includes colleges that offer a full range of master’s degree programs.
U.S. News ranked St. Bonaventure No. 5 for value in 2014.
St. Bonaventure also ranked No. 24 out of 181 institutions on the magazine’s all-criteria ranking of Best Regional Universities in the North, up nine spots from No. 33 in 2014.
The magazine determined the value ranking using three figures: ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and average discount. At St. Bonaventure, 76 percent of students receive some form of need-based grant. The 2014-15 average annual cost after receiving institutional scholarships and need-based grants, and state and federal need-based grants is $18,577.
“At a time when colleges are coming under a lot of scrutiny nationally, it’s reassuring to know that we’re still considered such a great value,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “People often become fixated on the literal bottom line without considering how generous our scholarship and aid packages are – and what they’re getting for that investment.”
Prospective students can calculate their scholarship eligibility at www.sbu.edu/calculator.
“I think the fact that 95 percent of our students are either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation speaks volumes about our value,” Sr. Margaret said.
The magazine’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” were released this morning. Complete rankings of nearly 1,600 schools nationwide are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in this month’s issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting today.