The second-highest Maryland university on the list, TU came in at No. 107 in the nation,
and leapfrogged Johns Hopkins University to become top ranked public or private institution
in the Baltimore area.
“I am proud to see Towson University recognized as among the top investments in higher
education in the nation,” said President Kim Schatzel. “TU offers relevant and rigorous
degree programs taught by world-class faculty. That combination creates real-world
opportunities for our graduates.”
University of Maryland, College Park, TU and Johns Hopkins were the highest-ranking
Maryland institutions on the list.
Money weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing and
career earnings in compiling the list of colleges.
The magazine evaluated colleges using the following criteria: at least 500 students;
sufficient, reliable data to be analyzed; not be in financial distress; and have a
graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category (public
or private), or have a high “value-added” graduation rate (in other words: score in
the top 25 percent of our test of graduation rates after accounting for the average
test scores and percentage of low-income students among its enrollees).
With that list reduced to 744 colleges, Money’s experts ranked colleges on 26 factors in three, equally-weighted categories: quality
of education, affordability, and outcomes.
Money’s Best Colleges for Your Money rankings are the first to combine the most accurate
pricing estimates available with all reliable indicators of alumni financial success,
along with a unique analysis of how much “value” a college adds when compared to other
schools that take in similar students.