King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, placed on Forbes’ national lists recognizing King’s for its overall excellence and for providing students excellent return on their tuition investment.
King’s has been placed on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The list is based on multiple factors related to affordability and student and faculty achievement. King’s ranking improved to 431st from 447th of 650 institutions in the annual rankings.
King’s was the only Luzerne County college or university to be recognized and one of only two institutions in northeastern Pennsylvania. University of Scranton, in Lackawanna County, also made the list. Both of these institutions have made the list every year since the beginning.
Less than 15 percent of the nearly 4,400 colleges and universities nationwide are included in Forbes sixth annual ranking.
According to the magazine, “The ‘Forbes’ list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like.
Our sights are set directly on Return On Investment: What are students getting out of college?”
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) is a San Francisco based resource for college affordability and financial aid information. AC Online identified King’s among the Pennsylvania colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment, the earnings gap between graduates and non-degree holders over 30 years.
Only 81 of 402 Pennsylvania public and private, four-year accredited institutions were placed on the list; King’s College ranked 33rd. Data used for the rankings was acquired directly from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Foundation, and PayScale.com.
“King’s College has always prided itself on providing its students an education that would allow them to be successful following graduation,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., president. “These recent honors are validations of the countless stories we hear from recent and older King’s alumni about their ability to adapt and be successful in today’s very competitive job market.”
King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Known as a liberal arts college, it was founded in 1946. Generally, the students are primarily from the Mid-Atlantic Region and New England, with a large portion of the students commuting from neighboring areas in NEPA. King’s has approximately 2,200 full-time students and graduate students. The college offers 35 major programs as well as 10 pre-professional programs and 7 special concentrations. For more information, visit kings.edu.