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WC Named Among Top 10 Ohio Schools with Best Lifetime Return on Investment

Survey Looked at 300 Colleges and Universities in State

July 22, 2013

Wilmington College gained a top 10 spot in a ranking of Ohio colleges and universities with regard to the greatest lifetime return on investment.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, said graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders, over a 30-year span.

In analyzing more than 300 Ohio institutions and ranking 44 colleges and universities, ACO selected Case Western Reserve University for the top position with Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and the University of Dayton joining Wilmington in the top 10. SEE RANKINGS OF OHIO COLLEGES

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Ohio that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

WC President Jim Reynolds was very pleased with the recognition. He believes the College’s blending of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with the classroom experience results in more marketable graduates.

“The career success our alumni enjoy is a testament to the often transformative education they received at Wilmington College,” he said.

“More and more, prospective employers see the experiences students engage in outside the classroom — internships, field experiences, service, work, leadership development — as indicators of their future success,” he said. “Wilmington College excels at making these opportunities available to complement students’ work with faculty in the classroom.”

ACO developed the criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College” to include fully accredited institutions, either public or private, four-year schools, degree-granting institutions and a return-on-investment based upon PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report.

ACO compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using the data sets provided by the Carnegie Classification, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale.com, the latter of which collects salary data.

Schuessler said Affordable Colleges Online provides prospective college students and their parents with information and resources to help them manage the cost of obtaining an education.

“We aim to educate so that potential students are aware of their options for obtaining a degree and, most importantly, for paying for one,” Schuessler added. “Our goal at Affordable Colleges Online is to keep our finger on the pulse of college-related issues, the latest research, how the government is responding, and helping students analyze their options.”