CONNECTICUT — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.
Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?
Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 13 schools in Connecticut, is meant to assuage the financial anxiety associated with the high price of college in the United States.
The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities. Colleges included in Money's rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.
Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.
See the full methodology used by Money.
The following colleges in Connecticut were included on this year's list:
Yale University, New Haven
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Trinity College, Hartford
Wesleyan University, Middletown
University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford
Albertus Magnus College, New Haven
Connecticut College, New London
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
Fairfield University, Fairfield
Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
University of New Haven, West Haven
According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Stanford University, Stanford, California.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
University of California-San Diego
University of California-Davis
See the full rankings and read more about Money's list.