Published: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 11:50 a.m. MDT
I'm earning annually more than 10x my total tuition costs for 4 years,
I'd say that's fantastic value!
Not surprisingly, BYU is by far the highest in the state, and top 10 in the
nation. BYU's average wages per graduate 5 years after
graduation is also the highest in the sate, in case there are those Utah
"fans" who try and attribute these kinds of rankings to tithing
subsidies. In this case - highest wages 5 years after graduation is simply
that, as opposed to ROI or something like that which would factor in tithing
subsidies. Besides, state schools also are heavily subsidized. BYU
just does a better job than most places at using its resources. Again, this is
not surprising as its a private entity as opposed to government-run one. Average high school GPA 3.79 - impressive. Again not surprising its the
highest in the state.
@Johnny TriumphWow, that's impressive. My annual starting
salary out of college was over 12x what my college tuition was per year. Having
been out of college for 5 years, I'm now making close to 18x my annual
college tuition. Money well spent on education in my opinion.
BYU at #9 and Utah State ranked higher than Utah? The best investment is to
attend a "blue school!"
#9 BYU#107 USU#122 UtahIt's nice to have all of
that research going on at the U, but when it comes to the value of an
undergraduate education, Utah simply doesn't compare to BYU.
I couldn't be happier. I have a degree from BYU. This information needs
to be quickly sent to the Big 12 Conference. I am sure it will change their
@Blue - I had a slight adjustment since I do not work in my degree field. And
now that I look at actual numbers I'm around 17x the total outlay for
college. You've had an impressive rise, especially to have gotten 12x your
investment just on your first job.I think this type of study really
points that the savvy students find the best deal and then make that work to
their advantage. For undergrad degrees there is less value in a more costly
education, go for a respected and cheap program. Get in and out fast, know what
you want to achieve financially, and go get it.
I think the main reason that USU is ranked higher than Utah is because the U of
U is so expensive! While I was a senior at BYU I calculated that if I were
attending the University of Utah instead I would have been paying about $1000
more per semester for tuition.
Besides the monetary stakes, the quality of the instructors have been less than
impressive with me. I attended Tidewater Community College and I am currently
attending Saint Leo University on our local military campus. I am retired Navy.
I was also a trained instructor and what is called a Master Training Specialist.
Which means I not only can teach, but I can create a curriculum from scratch,
write test, and so forth. Anyway sitting trough many classes I can
professionally say the instructors I have observed if were in the service as
instructors. Would be fired and sent packing back to the fleet.
This report is no surprise to anyone who has followed
"bang-for-the-buck" types of college rankings over the years. BYU is
regularly ranked in the top 5, and occasionally even #1. What is surprising is
the company that BYU is in when looking through the Top 10. All of the other
top 10 schools are much more expensive, exclusive schools with much higher
selectivity scores.Graduates at the other top 10 schools make more
money after graduation, though it is not clear that the school attended is the
only factor. It could be, for example, access to family capital, social
networks, better prepared secondary school students before getting to school,
etc., etc. What is clear is that BYU students pay an awful lot less than the
rest of the top 10.p.s. BYU Idaho is a leader in developing
extremely high quality undergraduate programs at very reasonable costs.
Colleges, universities and state legislatures around the country have studies
the unique approaches implemented at BYU Idaho to see what they can learn from
the success that BYU has shown there.
Clearly, this study does not take into account the types of degrees offered.
When a college offers only degrees, or a disproportionate number of degrees, in
high-paying professional fields, its graduates will obviously get more "bank
for their buck" than the average of students at a university with a wide
variety of degrees. It's therefore even more impressive that BYU cracked
the top 10 of this list.I'd like to see a list that ranked bang
for buck in specific fields - engineering, accounting, computer science, etc.
No surprise to anyone except the usual utah "fans", and in truth it is
no surprise to them either, they all know BYU is simply a better school with a
far more valuable degree.
@ Sports Are GreatI think it was an Inspired decision that the
Church changed Ricks to BYU-Idaho and turned it into a 4 year university.I went to BYU-Idaho.The name change was a very good idea
because it spreads the BYU brand further. Many people simply truncate the Idaho
part of BYU-Idaho. Even after I correct them they still just lump us in with
the rest of the BYU-Provo people which I am fine with even though some BYU-Provo
often get miffed when I tell them this. :)
BYU is good for undergrad and Utah is good for grad. No need to fight people.
Hmm. Didnt see West Point or Annapolis on the list
Of course BYU grads will make more. The women graduate at a smaller percentage.
Many stay at home and raise kids. So their income or lack of income is not
included in the final tally.I would like to look at the real
numbers.Also, BYU get's to discriminate what students can
attend. They pick a high percentage of people from wealthy families. Where as a
state run school, has to diversify and pull in students regardless of their
grades. The school makes more money by pulling in people that don't
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