Furman ranks high in ROI study

July 26, 2013 | Vince Moore

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Furman University ranks among South Carolina’s top colleges and universities when it comes to providing its graduates the greatest lifetime return on investment, according to a new survey compiled by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).

Furman was listed No. 3 among the 16 schools included in “Colleges in South Carolina with High ROI.” According to the website, the schools listed in the survey “enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders, over a thirty-year span.”

According to the ACO statistics, Furman graduates earn $530,000 more than those without degrees over a three-decade period.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in South Carolina that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

ACO used data from PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report in compiling its rankings.  It also relied on authoritative data sets from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org provides prospective college students and their parents with information and resources to help them manage the cost of obtaining an education. For more information about the survey, visit the AffordableCollegesOnline website.