The Best College of 2019 is… | Best College Ranking | MONEY

The Best College of 2019 is… | Best College Ranking | MONEY

August 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Money just released its 2019-2020 best colleges list. We started with roughly 3,000 schools in the United States, and narrowed it down to just 744. From there we crunched more than 19,000 data points in three categories. Quality, affordability, and outcomes to find our winners. Here are some highlights. The average six year graduation rate at our top 50 schools was 84%, which is a full 24 points higher than the national average of 60. The highest graduation rate out of all of MONEY’s 744 best colleges is at Yale University, which beats out Princeton University for the title by a tiny 0.1% percent. How much money were you making three years after college? Because I was not making that much. Alumni from our top 50 colleges tell PayScale they’re earning an average salary of $61, 578 dollars in their early careers. There are two schools in MONEY’s ranking where the student faculty ratio is three to one. At the California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as M.I.T., there is one professor for every three students. That means they’re definitely going to notice if you show up to class hungover. Many of the winners have killer financial aid packages. Nearly six in 10 students who attend our top 50 schools get grants. Stanford, Harvard, and Duke stand out in particular. They all meet 100% percent of the demonstrated need of certain undergrads. Mascots at our top 50 colleges range from Peter the Anteater at the University of California, Irvine to Reveille the Collie at Texas A&M University to Baxter the Bearcat at Binghamton University. Drumroll please. Our top ten schools are The University of Virginia, University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University, The University of California, Davis, University of California, Los Angeles, Princeton University, CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College, and our number one school and MONEY’s Best Colleges ranking for 2019-2020 is the University of California, Irvine. Congrats!