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August 6, 2013

UMass Lowell cited by Forbes as top 25 best value

LOWELL – UMass Lowell has been ranked as among the 25 best Value Colleges in the nation by Forbes Magazine.

Forbes ranked it No. 10 and one of only two institutions in New England to make the list. Compiled as part of its annual “America’s Top Colleges” survey, Forbes considered factors including post-graduation success, low student-loan debt, academic performance and student satisfaction.

The Forbes ranking is the latest of several national surveys that put UMass Lowell at or near the top when it comes to delivering a high-quaIity, high-value education that positions graduates for future success. UMass Lowell was named the “Most Underrated College in America” by Business Insider last month and has also been recognized recently as one of the top universities in the nation for return on investment by PayScale.com and Affordable Colleges Online.

The rankings looked at the cost of attending UMass Lowell and compared it with the earning potential of graduates of the university. The median return on investment (ROI) for UMass Lowell graduates over 30 years, minus the cost of their education, is $1.1 million, representing an 8.8 percent annual return, according to PayScale. UMass Lowell is in the top 1 percent of colleges and universities in the United States when it comes to ROI, Affordable Colleges Online said in its ranking.

Both PayScale and Affordable Colleges Online placed UMass Lowell as No. 10 in the nation among hundreds of public colleges and universities surveyed. PayScale, which also ranked private institutions, placed UMass Lowell 50th nationally among all schools for 2013. UMass Lowell is one of just 75 colleges and universities in the U.S. with a 30-year net ROI of more than $1 million, according to PayScale.

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