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Loyola ranks in top 12% of U.S. universities for return on investment

| By Nick Alexopulos
Class outside Loyola University Maryland
A theology class at Loyola University Maryland. PayScale.com ranked Loyola among the 60 best value colleges in the nation for humanities majors. (Photo by Brigid Hamilton)

Loyola University Maryland is ranked in the top 12 percent of more than 1,400 U.S. colleges and universities for return on investment in PayScale.com’s 2017 College ROI Report. The value of a Loyola education consistently ranks among the best nationally in this report each year it is released.

Only five other Jesuit schools and four Patriot League schools received higher marks. In addition to ranking Loyola tied for No. 169 overall, PayScale included Loyola on a variety of category-specific lists:

  • No. 73, Best Value Private Colleges
  • No. 19, Best Value Religious Colleges
  • No. 83 (tied), Best Value Colleges for Sports
  • No. 57 (tied), Best Value Colleges for Humanities Majors
  • No. 88, Best Value Colleges for Business Majors
  • No. 93 (tied), Best Value Colleges for Business Careers
  • No. 136 (tied), Best Value Colleges for Art Careers
  • No. 182, Best Value Colleges for Marketing Careers
  • No. 217 (tied), Best Value Colleges for Technology Careers

Loyola's ranking for 2017 is based on the net income a graduate will earn 20 years after graduation after subtracting both what he or she would have earned as a high school graduate and the total cost of college attendance.

PayScale is an online compensation database that has released a college ROI report annually for the last several years. PayScale generated the rankings using data collected from 1.3 million employees who successfully completed a PayScale survey. Only graduates of U.S. institutions who are working in the United States, employed full-time, and paid with either an hourly wage or an annual salary were included in the report. Also, only employees who have earned a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees were included, and careers that require advanced degrees, such as law or medicine, are not included.

In January 2017, Loyola’s value was recognized by The Princeton Review in its guide to “Colleges that Pay You Back.” Loyola was also recently named one of the “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money Magazine and one of the nation’s “Best College Values: Private Universities” by Kiplinger’s. A full list of Loyola’s latest rankings and notable accolades is available at loyola.edu/about/accolades.

More information about PayScale’s 2017 College ROI Report is available at payscale.com.

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