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The White House Ranks Colleges

The White House has issued a college scorecard, which President Obama described thusly in his radio address today:

So, today, my Administration is launching a new College Scorecard, designed with input from those who will use it the most - students, families, and counselors. Americans will now have access to reliable data on every institution of higher education. You’ll be able to see how much each school’s graduates earn, how much debt they graduate with, and what percentage of a school’s students can pay back their loans - which will help all of us see which schools do the best job of preparing America for success.

The list highlights colleges that produce graduates with the highest median earnings ten years out, and the cost for low income students at each of them. We rank #11 overall in earnings, and #5 in the Ivies after Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Columbia (Cornell did not make the Top 23 list as prepared by Quartz):

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Regrettably, we were the lowest ranked among the Ivies (excluding Cornell) in the total cost of education for low-income students. This status makes no sense, given that, while our endowment per student is lower than HYP, it is approximately double that of Columbia, Penn and Brown. Perhaps the administration has more important things to do with our huge draw from the endowment than offer inexpensive tuition to low-income students?

Addendum: USA Today plays the game, too:

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A correspondent laments the presence of Brown on this list and the absence of Columbia.


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