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Brenau in Top 20 of Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ College Listing

Sep. 6, 2016
Brenau Staff

Washington Monthly's 'Best Bang for the Buck' Colleges 2016 logoWashington Monthly ranked Brenau University No. 19 in its highly regarded college guide list of “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges” for 2016.

Brenau was one of only five Georgia colleges in the top 20 alongside the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mercer University, Piedmont College and American InterContinental University Atlanta campus.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly national nonprofit magazine of U.S. politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C. The magazine is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, which serve as an alternative to those of rival magazines, Forbes and US News & World Report rankings.

Brenau University Women’s College senior Madison Kosater from Macon, Georgia, cheers for a classmate during a recreational program at the beginning of the new academic year. The value Kosater got for her tuition at Brenau last year included participation on the Golden Tigers intercollegiate swimming team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation athletically and No. 1 in the nation for team members’ academic performance. Plus, the history and political science major and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority spent the summer on scholarship in Paris studying French.

Brenau University Women’s College senior Madison Kosater from Macon, Georgia, cheers for a classmate during a recreational program at the beginning of the new academic year. The value Kosater got for her tuition at Brenau last year included participation on the Golden Tigers intercollegiate swimming team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation athletically and No. 1 in the nation for team members’ academic performance. Plus, the history and political science major and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority spent the summer on scholarship in Paris studying French.

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contributions to the public good in social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings are exclusive lists of schools that help nonwealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, including universities from the North, Northeast, Midwest, South and Southeast.

“Brenau University is among the institutions that are doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” said Washington Monthly Editor in Chief Paul Glastris. “As students consider Brenau, they can be confident that the institution is committed to serving them – and the nation – well.”

When establishing the set of colleges to use in their rankings – after whittling out certain types of higher education schools that didn’t fit the methodology they used to evaluate, therefore excluding federal military academies, baccalaureate and baccalaureate/associate’s-level colleges, etc. – Washington Monthly arrived at the final sample of 1,406 institutions that includes public, private nonprofit and for-profit colleges. They then used data gathered from the U.S. Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS for short, to determine percentages for various categories, including how many students at each university were receiving Pell Grants, a college’s graduation rates, its affordability rates and student loan repayment rates. Brenau and other institutions report that data to IPEDS each October.

Brenau over the years has consistently achieved significant rankings from various higher education ratings services and publications. That includes the annual US World News & World Report’s best colleges lists as well as its specialty lists like “Best Colleges for Veterans,” “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” and two national rankings in the publication for occupational therapy master’s degrees. In April, College Choice listed Brenau University Women’s College at No. 11 in its 2016 national women’s college rankings.

“When some lawmakers and others in the nation’s capital are pushing to control costs in higher education, it’s refreshing to see Brenau as a private university recognized for the true value it provides for its students in exchange for tuition dollars,”said Ray Tatum, Brenau’s vice president of student enrollment. “You get what you pay for, a quality education at a practical and economical price. We are in good company among our placement in the Southeast colleges and universities listings, again acknowledging our reputation for a quality education.”

To see the full “Best Bang for the Buck” Southeast Colleges rankings, go to http://washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide?ranking=best-bang-for-the-buck-southeast.

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