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Money magazine ranks Doane 61st on national ‘Best Colleges’ list

CRETE, Neb. – Doane College’s School of Arts and Sciences in Crete has been ranked No. 61 in Money magazine’s "Best Colleges For Your Money" list.

About 1,500 four-year colleges and universities across the country were, according to the website, evaluated for the strength of their return on investment “using unique measures of educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.” Only 665 made the final rankings released Tuesday on Money.com.

Doane is the highest ranked Nebraska college and the only one in the state among the top 200. Creighton (202), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (223), the University of Nebraska-Kearney (389), Wayne State College (550) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (555) are also ranked.

Money also made more specific rankings for different categories. Doane was No. 10 among “The 25 Most Affordable Colleges,” with an average net price of a degree at $103,360 balanced against $21,190 in average student debt. An early career earnings average of $45,800 per year helped Doane rank No. 17 among “The 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” Finally, among “The 25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” Doane was No. 19 with an eight percent Graduation Rate Outperformance and $10,150 in Earnings Outperformance.

Schools were evaluated based on 13 different measurements: five for ‘Quality of Education,’ four for ‘Affordability’ and four for ‘Outcomes.’ Read Money’s full methodology here.

Among all colleges in Money’s Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin), Doane is the fifth-highest ranked school, ranked behind only the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Principia College (Ill.) and Robert Morris University Illinois. Immediately behind Doane and rounding out the list’s top 10 Midwest colleges are College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.), Purdue University (Ind.), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carleton College (Minn.).

Doane was also recently honored as one of Educate to Career’s “Top Best Value Colleges” for 2014. In ETC’s College Rankings Index, Doane was in the top third of all colleges nationally (ranked 251st out of 1,222 colleges and universities with more than 1,000 students) in producing student success after graduation.