These Colleges Gave The Best Financial Aid Packages for 2016-1017
Below is a list of the top colleges for financial aid. The sticker price on many of these colleges will be over $60,000 for the 2016-2017 school year, but if you have “financial need” (Total Cost - EFC>$0), these top colleges will meet 90% to 100% of that need.
Financial Need Met (2016-2017):
100%: Amherst College (MA) 100%: Arlington Baptist College (TX) 100%: Austin College (Sherman, TX) 100%: Barnard College (NY) 100%: Bates College (ME) 100%: Blessing–Rieman College of Nursing (IL) 100%: Boston College (MA) 100%: Bowdoin College (ME) 100%: Brown University (RI) 100%: Bryn Mawr College (PA) 100%: California Institute of Technology (CA) 100%: Carleton College (MN) 100%: Claremont McKenna College (CA) 100%: Colby College (ME) 100%: Colgate University (NY) 100%: College of the Holy Cross (MA) 100%: Colorado College 100%: Columbia University (NY) 100%: Connecticut College (CT) 100%: Cornell University (NY) 100%: Dartmouth College (NH) 100%: Davidson College (NC) 100%: Duke University (NC) 100%: Franklin and Marshall College (PA) 100%: Georgetown University (DC) 100%: Grinnell College (IA) 100%: Hamilton College (NY) 100%: Harvard University (MA) 100%: Harvey Mudd College (CA) 100%: Haverford College (PA) 100%: Johns Hopkins University (MD) 100%: Macalester College (MN) 100%: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) 100%: Middlebury College (VT) 100%: Mount Holyoke College (MA) 100%: Northwestern University (IL) 100%: Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) 100%: Occidental College (CA) 100%: Pitzer College (CA) 100%: Pomona College (CA) 100%: Princeton University (NJ) 100%: Reed College (OR) 100%: Rice University (TX)
100%: Scripps College (CA) 100%: Smith College (MA) 100%: St. Olaf College (MN) 100%: Stanford University (CA) 100%: Swarthmore College (PA)
100%: Thomas Aquinas College (CA) 100%: Trinity College (CT) 100%: Tufts University (MA) 100%: Union College (NY) 100%: University of Chicago (IL) 100%: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) 100%: University of Pennsylvania (PA) 100%: University of Richmond (VA) 100%: University of Virginia (VA) 100%: Vanderbilt University (TN) 100%: Vassar College (NY) 100%: Walla Walla University (WA) 100%: Washington University in St. Louis (MO) 100%: Wellesley College (MA) 100%: Wesleyan University (CT) 100%: Williams College (MA) 100%: Yale University (CT) 100%: Washington and Lee University (VA) 100%: Wake Forest University (NC)
99%: University of Notre Dame (IN) 99%: Mount Marty College (SD) 99%: Lafayette College (PA) 99%: Emory University (GA) 99%: Carroll University (WI) 98%: Wabash College (IN) 98%: Kenyon College (OH) 98%: Huston–Tillotson University (TX) 98%: Franklin & Marshall College (PA) 98%: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA) 98%: Gettysburg College (PA) 98%: Colorado College (CO) 97%: Whitman College (WA) 97%: University of Rochester (NY) 97%: Union College (NY) 97%: The University of the South (TN) 97%: Soka University 97%: SUNY - Upstate Medical University (NY) 97%: Rockhurst University (MO) 97%: Loyola University Maryland (MD) 97%: Lincoln University (CA)
97%: Hampshire College (MA) 97%: Claflin University (SC)
96%: Wheaton College (MA) 96%: Lehigh University (PA) 96%: Earlham College (IN) 96%: Dickinson College (PA) 96%: Denison University (OH) 96%: College of the Atlantic (ME)
95%: Purdue University (IN) 95%: La Roche College (PA) 95%: CUNY - Queens College (NY) 95%: Clark University (MA) 95%: Bucknell University (PA) 94%: University of Virginia (VA) 94%: Muhlenberg College (PA) 94%: McPherson College (KS) 94%: Indiana University East (IN) 94%: Illinois Wesleyan University (IL) 94%: Bethel College (KS) 94%: Babson College (MA) 93%: Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (NY) 93%: University of Massachusetts Boston (MA)
93%: The Cooper Union (NY) 93%: Skidmore College (NY) 93%: Indiana University Southeast (IN) 93%: Dean College (MA) 93%: Bentley University (MA) 93%: Beloit College (WI) 92%: Washington State University (WA) 92%: The College of Wooster (OH) 92%: Syracuse University (NY) 92%: Southwestern Oklahoma State University (OK) 92%: Rhodes College (TN) 92%: University of Massachusetts (MA) 92%: Indiana University - South Bend (IN) 92%: Indiana University - Kokomo (IN) 92%: Berea College (KY) 92%: Anna Maria College (MA) 91%: Virginia Military Institute (VA) 91%: Stonehill College (MA) 91%: Principia College (IL)
91%: Oral Roberts University (OK) 91%: Nova Southeastern University (FL) 90%: University of Michigan (MI) 90%: The George Washington University (DC) 90%: SUNY - College of Environmental Science (NY) 90%: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM) 90%: Millikin University (IL) 90%: Lindenwood University (MO) 90%: Curtis Institute of Music (PA) 90%: Ashland University (OH)
Pennsylvania had a strong showing in Forbes' 2016 college rankings, which put an emphasis on return on investment.
At No. 10, Swarthmore College was the top Keystone State school to make the list, followed right behind by the University of Pennsylvania at No. 11. In all, 11 Pennsylvania schools made Forbes' top 100, with 41 schools included overall. Here are all the Pennsylvania schools that made the 2016 list, which included 660 schools nationwide, with their national ranking in parentheses:
Swarthmore College (10)
University of Pennsylvania (11)
Haverford College (23)
Bucknell University (49)
Lafayette College (55)
Franklin and Marshall College (56)
Villanova University (62)
Carnegie Mellon University (63)
Bryn Mawr College (70)
Lehigh University (76)
Dickinson College (80)
Gettysburg College (121)
Muhlenberg College (128)
Penn State University (164)
Juniata College (172)
Ursinus College (175)
University of Pittsburgh (204)
Saint Joseph's University (223)
University of Scranton (243)
Grove City College (250)
Washington & Jefferson College (282)
Allegheny College (285)
Duquesne University (294)
Susquehanna University (318)
La Salle University (325)
Drexel University (33)
Lebanon Valley College (343)
Temple University (364)
Elizabethtown College (369)
Messiah College (372)
Westminster College (434)
Immaculata University (453)
Moravian College (466)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (478)
Lycoming College (479)
Saint Vincent College (484)
King's College (552)
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (574)
Albright College (601)
Millersville University (615)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (640)
Good PA colleges to consider These colleges tend to have more available opening that many others. And many have lower tuitions and/or good scholarship assistance!And remember - if you go to a PA college you'll likely be eligible for PHEAA grants (those are usually only good for PA colleges).
Allegheny College Arcadia University Cabrini College Cedar Crest College Central Penn College East Stroudsburg University of PA Elizabethtown College Immaculata University Indiana University of PA King's College Kutztown University Lackawanna College La Salle University
Lebanon Valley College Mansfield University Millersville University Point Park University Shippensburg University St. John's University Temple University University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Ursinus College West Chester University Widener University Wilkes University Wilson College
Many Tier 2 & 3 Schools Offer Tremendous Value
If you are a top academic junior or senior in high school, it might seem that selecting an elite (and expensive) college or university would help to leverage their personal and professional success. If this were the case, then choosing an Ivy League or Top-25 school would virtually guarantee you an edge over other graduates in the workforce.
However, there is no evidence that any school provides the right mix of factors to ensure personal and professional success. The only statistic available that shows the value of a college degree comes from a census study done by the federal government in the year 2012, which indicates that the average college graduate can expect to earn about $1,000,000 more than a high school graduate over a working lifetime.
In reality, though, an Ivy League degree does not guarantee anything except the short-term branding of one's perceived quality or value as a person or an employee. There is no research that suggests an Ivy League college degree provides more earning potential over a lifetime, more happiness, more insight, more knowledge, or more self-worth per-dollar-cost than any other school in the country. A study by Forbes magazine revealed that among the CEOs of leading Fortune 300 corporations, 87% did not attend a Top 25 school for their undergraduate studies.
The fact remains that most college students do not attend elite colleges, regardless of the "nameplate" or "brand" of school they choose to attend. Many Tier 2 schools offer tremendous value, depending upon the needs, wants, and values that an individual student is looking for in his or her college search. Furthermore, you'll find many corporate, foundation, and civic leaders who graduated from Tier 3 public and private schools too.
What about money?
Many Tier 2 and Tier 3 colleges offer significant grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts to attract quality students, regardless of the family's income or financial need. Whereas Ivy League schools only offer financial aid to families with financial need.
Students enter college from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Then they graduate into a workforce with a specific set of skills, knowledge, and attitude shaped by very diverse experiences. No two graduates are alike, and no two schools are alike. Just remember, the right college choice can make a big difference in the student's future; however, the wrong choice could cost a bundle.
If you are a top high school junior or senior this coming school year and you want to pick the right college (at the right price) for your future; then be sure you do a thorough analysis of the many Tier 2 and Tier 3 colleges available. Many offer significant grants, scholarships and tuition discounts that can make a BIG difference to your pocketbook!
From NICCP posting, Oct 2016
Determining Your Major
Choosing a College to Match That Major
If you are heading to college, and you don't yet know what you want to major in - it can be helpful to start to think about this before choosing your school. Different schools offer different majors. Some majors require certain training in advance. Some majors have a program that isn't conducive to transfers or even to changing majors. If you need help thinking about what to major in - check out a good interest inventory. Some an be found that require you to pay. Here are a few free ones to at least get you started:
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