Author: Danielle Brenon
Date: August 15, 2012
Date: August 15, 2012
Categories: Academics

Houghton College is ranked in the top four percent of colleges nationwide according to the fifth annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).  Forbes’ list ranks the best schools based on post-graduation outcomes and the students’ point of view.

“Is it [college] worth it,” asks author David M. Ewalt, an editor at Forbes. “For many students, the answer is probably not – unless they are accomplished enough to be accepted by one of the schools ranked near the top of our annual list of America’s 650 Top Colleges.” He remarks that the annual ranking “…focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.”

To address these concerns, the staff at CCAP gathered data from a variety of sources. The rankings are based on five general categories: postgraduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates, debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rate (11.25%) and competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D. []

Houghton College ranked 317 of the top 650 institutions selected from over 7,150 colleges and universities throughout the United States – placing Houghton in the top four percent of all public and private schools. Furthermore, Houghton ranked 240 for all private colleges and universities nationwide.