Website ranks Arizona State as best college in Arizona
PHOENIX — A recent study from WalletHub concluded that Arizona State is the best college in Arizona for students who want a quality education at a low price.
ASU was ranked 266th out of 951 participating schools, besting Arizona Christian and Prescott College.
WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said those three colleges were the only in Arizona that had all the data necessary to participate in the study.
Arizona Christian was 666th while Prescott College was 891st.
“We wanted to see what the top performing schools were at the lowest possible cost to undergraduates,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said the study focused on post graduation factors like salary, share of graduates who were offered full-time employment after six months, share of graduates out earning high school graduates and how many students are currently reducing their student loan debt levels.
ASU performed best in the “cost and financing rank” and “campus experience rank” at 163rd and 244th, respectively.
Its “career outcomes” rank was 330th, a reason ASU was ranked as high as it was.
“That’s one of the reasons Arizona was moved to the top (of state rankings),” Gonzalez said.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked as the best college while Princeton, Yale, Harvard and the California Institute of Technology rounded out the top five.