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Ranking: 2017’s best colleges and universities for student ROI

College Choice releases 2017 ranking of the 100 Best Colleges and Universities, focusing on quality and price paid in tuition compared to salary earned post-graduation.

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 100 Best Colleges and Universities for 2017.

College choice believe rankings are still important for students, since college (though expensive), is often still worth the investment. According to a Georgetown University research study, over 95 percent of new jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to people with at least some college education. That, along with the dramatic increase in lifelong earning potential, means that a college education is still the clearest path to a prosperous future.

“The United States has a dizzying array of colleges, from small to large, focused on liberal arts or research or technical skills, private or public, online or commuter or residential,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking in a released statement. “With this ranking, we are aiming to provide an authoritative list of the very best institutions of higher education in the country. The list contains great diversity in type of school, but all of them are similar in their commitment to excellence in scholarship.”

A Focus on Student ROI

College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.

(Next page: The 100 Best Colleges and Universities for 2017 for ROI, quality)