Forbes Recognizes UA as a ‘Best Value’ College

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The University of Arizona placed No. 108 out of 300 colleges and universities in Forbes’ third annual “America’s Best Value Colleges” ranking.

“I am thrilled by these recent Forbes rankings. They are an outstanding recognition of the University of Arizona’s commitment to providing a world-class education and delivering a maximum return on our students’ investment into their future,” says UA President Robert C. Robbins. “It is our goal to provide the best possible education at the lowest possible cost to our students, and I’m glad to see this reflection of our efforts.”

The UA was ranked at No. 59 among public institutions and No. 69 among major research institutions.

Forbes compiles its value rankings based on alumni earnings, net price, net debt, school quality, timely graduation and Pell Grant recipients. It uses the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and PayScale for its earnings data and its own 2017 Top

Colleges list for school quality. State schools are evaluated by in-state tuition.

Forbes ranks the UA at No. 83 in “America’s Best Employers” and No. 231 in its annual “Top Colleges” list (No. 46 in the South, No. 66 among public universities and No. 112 in research institutions).