News & World Report ranks USU best in the country
for graduate students with lowest debt
A new round of rankings mark the start of a new academic
year at Utah State University, including "Best
in the West" and even a No. 1 recognition by U.S.
News & World Report.
In a nutshell, USU is:
No. 1 among public universities for graduates with least
debt (U.S. News & World Report).
Top 35 overall score among public national universities
based on social mobility, research and service (The
"Best in the West" and
"America's Best Value Colleges" by
The Princeton Review.
This year, USU was recognized by the U.S. News rankings
as No. 1 among all national public universities for
students carrying the least amount of debt upon graduation.
This is a distinction of which Utah State University
can be proud, said Raymond T. Coward, USU executive
vice president and provost.
"The amount of debt a student leaves with is a
result of many factors," Coward said. "One
of those factors is most certainly the cost of tuition.
Our tuition is extraordinarily reasonable, especially
when one considers the quality of education delivered
at USU. A USU education is reasonably priced and well
worth the value."
In the Washington Monthly report, USU is ranked number
54 out of 242 national universities. It is a ranking
that represents the combined score of the three metrics
– social mobility, research and service. That
is a score among all universities. When private institutions
are removed from the list, USU is ranked in the top
"In the public institution light, USU shines,"
For example, the Washington Monthly's
rankings place USU as:
· one of only 19 public institutions in the nation
listed in the top 35 two years in a row
· 7th highest percentage of students receiving
Pell grants – an indicator of the "social
mobility" that the university provides low-income
students. (Coward notes that the federal Pell Grant
program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduates
to promote access to postsecondary education.)
· 86th under the category of actual graduation
rate compared to USU's predicted graduation rate
based on the percentage of Pell recipients and incoming
SATs. (Coward notes the top 100 national ranking in
graduating students at a higher rate then would be predicted
is another positive measure of social mobility.)
· 3rd in the nation with regard to the percentage
of funds in federal work-study money that goes to community
service. (Ranked behind only the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, and the University of California, Riverside.)
Washington Monthly applies measures reflecting
traits such as access, opportunity, service and quality.
"Utah State University's good marks in these
areas place us in an elite group of public institutions,
and they reflect many of the traits we value,"
Coward said. "It is why I believe you also see
USU consistently appear in The Princeton Review's
"Best in the West" and on "America's
Best Value Colleges" list as we are, once again,