Go to college: Get paid

by Janet Smith


James Madison University continues to hold a place in the Princeton Review’s annual book that recommends the colleges the education services company considers the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects.

The new book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition,” draws from surveys conducted of administrators and students at 650 colleges, as well as data from surveys of alumni from those same schools.

The 2015 book is an expansion of the Princeton Review’s annual “Best Value Colleges” list and book first published in 2004. JMU has been listed in the books since 2009.

The education services company bases its recommendations on a “return-on-education” rating, its methodology weighting more than 40 data points. Included in the measurement are academics, costs, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The Princeton Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students, plus surveys conducted by through April 2014.

The full listing of public and private colleges is available at The Princeton Review released its annual list and companion book Feb. 3.

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Feb. 4, 2015

Published: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017

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