Money ranks Doane No. 1 in Nebraska again

Money ranks Doane No. 1 in Nebraska again

For the second year in a row, Money—a Time Inc. publication and website—has given Doane College’s School of Arts and Sciences in Crete the highest ranking of any undergraduate college in Nebraska in its 2015-16 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list.

Money ranked more than 700 schools that “provide great value for your tuition dollar” by evaluating colleges on three main areas: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. More on Money’s methodology can be found here.

Doane was ranked 171st nationally and 11th in Money’s Plains region, which included colleges from seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The strength of Doane’s return on investment was reflected in an A-minus “Value-added Grade” which “Reflects how well a school’s students perform, vs. expectations for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds (measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings)”. According to Money, Doane alumni have an average annual salary within five years of graduation of $45,300.

On Doane’s profile page in’s rankings, anonymous testimonial quotes were included in a “What Students Are Saying” section: “Doane College is an environment in which students and professors alike learn from the perspectives, beliefs and experiences of each other in order to learn how to become a well-rounded, educated, tolerant and productive member of society."

Doane also made one of Money’s sub-rankings lists, “The 50 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into,” which was based on the best schools with high acceptance rates.

Among Nebraska schools, Doane was the only college to receive a ranking in the top 250 colleges and a value-added grade better than a “B.” Midland University (284), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (318), Creighton University (335), Concordia University (399), the University of Nebraska at Kearney (473), Hastings College (537) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (573) made the rankings.

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