Forbes claims Wesleyan is one of America’s Best Colleges

Forbes claims Wesleyan is one of America’s Best Colleges

Wesleyan College is among America’s Best Colleges, according to new rankings from Forbesmagazine. Forbes magazine collaborated with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) to create their own "America's Best Colleges" list, ranking of colleges and universities based on the quality of the education they provide and how much their students achieve once they've graduated. This year marks the publication’s fifth annual listing. Wesleyan College has been on the list all five years. 

“Whether they're in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 650 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country,” according to Forbes. “We review just 9% of the more than 6,000 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.” 

According to the magazine, “a good college is one that meets student needs. While other college rankings are based in large part on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators, we focus on factors that directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job?” 

To answer these questions, the staff at CCAP gathers data from a variety of sources. They use 13 factors in compiling these rankings, each of which falls into one of five general categories. The weightings are listed in parentheses: 
1: Student Satisfaction (27.5%) 
Student Evaluations from RateMyProfessor.com (17.5%) 
Actual Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates (5%) 
Predicted vs. Actual Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates (5%) 

2: Postgraduate Success (32.5%) 
Salary of Alumni from Payscale.com (15%) 
Listings of Alumni in Who's Who in America (10%) 
American Leaders List (7.5%) 

3: Student Debt (17.5%) 
Average Federal Student Loan Debt Load (10%) 
Student Loan Default Rates (5%) 
 Predicted vs. Actual Percent of Students Taking Federal Loans (2.5%) 

4: Four-year Graduation Rate (11.25%) 
Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (8.75%) 
Predicted vs. Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (2%) 

5: Academic Success (11.25%) 
Student Nationally Competitive Awards (7.5%)
Alumni Receiving PhDs (3.75.%)