Forbes rates West Michigan colleges for 'ROI'

July 21, 2016
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A Forbes ranking is giving West Michigan colleges a sense of how they stack up against schools across the country in terms of the “return on investment” they offer students.

Forbes evaluated more than 600 schools to create its 2016 ranking of “America’s Top Colleges,” based on an ROI formula created by the organization.

Stanford University ranks No. 1 in the nation, and the University of Michigan is the state's top-ranked college, at No. 44.

ROI methodology

Forbes' ROI metric is based on several weighted factors.

Return on investment was determined by post-graduate success (weighted 32.5 percent), student satisfaction (25 percent), student debt (25 percent), academic success (10 percent) and graduation rate (7.5 percent).

West Michigan colleges

No. 90, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo

No. 155, Hope College, Holland

No. 187, Calvin College, Grand Rapids

No. 539, Grand Valley State University, Allendale

No. 581, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

No. 610, Andrews University, Berrien Springs

Other Michigan Colleges

No. 44, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

No. 149, Michigan State University, East Lansing

No. 190, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale

No. 262, Albion College, Albion

No. 389, Michigan Technological University, Houghton

No. 520, Oakland University, Rochester

No. 550, Alma College, Alma

No. 565, Wayne State University, Detroit

No. 635, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

No. 653, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

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