State Relations

UW scores high in new ranking

After a week of storms, both budgetary and natural, it’s great to be able to pass along a new college ranking that spotlights the UW.

In the January 2009 issue, Smart Money magazine asks the question: which colleges and universities provide the best payback to students?  To come up with their rankings, the editors took the cost to students of tuition and fees and compared it to the average salary earned by graduates.  The UW ranked number five among public schools included in the survey with a “payback ratio” of 225%.  That outranks the “payback ratio” of all of the liberal arts and Ivy League schools included in the rankings.   Overall the article underscored the growing recognition that public universities are providing students with top value in higher education — good news indeed.