Clark Ranked Among Schools That Give “Best Bang for Your Buck”

Friday, February 17, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

Clark University is ranked as one of 200 schools across the country that give students high-quality education and career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review. 

According to The Princeton Review, "Clark offers the research and internship opportunities of a large research institution with the personal instruction and help of a small liberal arts school. Students universally praise the faculty as ‘really good, caring professors, who are legitimately interested in their students’ academic progress,’ but who also care about their ‘overall achievement and well-being.’ ”

The book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” includes a profile of the University, featuring quotes from students surveyed by The Princeton Review.

It notes, “Clark focuses on getting its 2,300 students hands-on training with a career focus. Clarkies rave about the school’s Liberal Education & Effective Practice program, which ‘gives us immense opportunities to explore careers in different fields’ through projects that pair curriculum and independent study with internships or volunteer work with outside organizations. 

Through LEEP, Clark students find that they are ‘graduating as a much more rounded and employable student.’ ” 

The Rankings

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on ROI (return on investment) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings consider academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. 

Editors culled data from the company's surveys of administrators and students in 2015-16 and from PayScale.com's surveys of school alumni conducted through April 2016.

  • 1.

    College of the Holy Cross 

    • #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    • #37 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings

     

    US News Says: 

    "College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,916, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $48,940 (2016-17)."

     
  • 2.

    Assumption College 

    #23 (tie) in Regional Universities North

    US News Says: 

    "Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,987, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 23. Its tuition and fees are $36,260 (2016-17)."

     
  • 3.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

    • #60 (tie) in National Universities
    • #42 in Best Value Schools
    • #18 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
    • #36 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #83 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
    • #150 (tie) in Business Programs
    • #63 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program

     

    US News Says: 

    "Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,299, its setting is city, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its tuition and fees are $46,994 (2016-17)."

     
  • 4.

    Clark University 

    • #74 (tie) in National Universities
    • #27 in Best Value Schools
    • #117 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
    • #150 (tie) in Business Programs

     

    US News Says: 

    "Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,397, its setting is city, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 74. Its tuition and fees are $43,150 (2016-17)."

     
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