MONEY Magazine Names Texas A&M The Best Value In Texas
Texas A&M University is ranked the top university in Texas in MONEY magazine’s new best value ranking.
The list, released today, ranks the top 50 schools in the country based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ earnings as they pursue their careers.
“At a time when a college education is difficult to afford for many families, we take great pride in this acknowledgment of our efforts to offer an outstanding education at an affordable price,” said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young. “We will always endeavor to provide our students a world-class education while keeping costs as low as possible. Our support, through a variety of financial aid and scholarships options, ensures that we are able to keep this commitment. We are committed to providing exceptional higher education opportunities to all who seek it and are so proud to be leading the state in this critical area.”
MONEY’s snapshot of Texas A&M notes that “Aggies tend to thrive economically after leaving school” and that according to PayScale, former students “report earning an average of $59,000 within three years of commencement – about 6 percent more than the average for schools with a similar composition of students.”
Texas A&M is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 18 nationally in the Money rankings, while Rice University is ranked No. 24 nationally. The University of Texas is No. 28. Numerous other Texas colleges are ranked among 744 schools in the magazine’s complete list of rankings.
Only two other Southeastern Conference schools made the top 50 list, with Vanderbilt University coming in at No. 15 and the University of Florida at No. 21.
“These schools deliver a superior education at an affordable price, enabling graduates to avoid heavy debt and to succeed in the workplace,” the magazine says of its ranking methodology.
MONEY ranked the University of California-Irvine its No. 1 school, followed by CUNY-Bernard Baruch College of New York, Princeton University, UCLA and the University of California-Davis to round out the top five.
In a separate recent ranking, Texas A&M is the only public college in Texas to make the Fiske Guide To Colleges in its recent rankings of “Best Buys” of U.S. colleges.