SEATTLE — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, as is the case for most Washington schools, reverting to online courses only days into the new semester.
These challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?
Well, Money magazine may be able to help. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 13 schools in Washington, 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 Washington were included on this year’s list:
The University of Washington, Seattle
Washington State University, Pullman
Western Washington University, Bellingham
Central Washington University, Ellensburg
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
Saint Martin's University, Lacey
Gonzaga University, Spokane
Whitman College, Walla Walla
Whitworth University, Spokane
Seattle University, Seattle
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
The Evergreen State College, Olympia
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma
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.