A Return on Investment in Westmont

A payscale survey of Westmont graduates puts the college among the top 20 percent in ROI rankings.

A Return on Investment in Westmont

How do you measure the return on invest­ment (ROI) of a Westmont education? A survey by PayScale focused on financial information only in its 2012 ROI Rankings, which considered tuition compared to average lifetime earnings at 850 U.S. colleges and universities. At No. 172, Westmont ranked in the top 20 percent and received the highest rating of any institution in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The next CCCU school ranked 178 spots lower at No. 352.

PayScale, an online salary, benefits and compensation information company, paired tuition and student-aid information with self-reported data from graduates to compare the likely cost of an education with the likely return.

In November, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its Best Values in Private Colleges list. The report, which noted Westmont’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio and excellent on-campus resources, ranked schools based on outstanding academics and great economic value. Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for the past three years. In 2012, the college leaped nine spots on the best liberal arts colleges list, joining only seven other liberal arts colleges in California to appear in the top 100.

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