Which colleges pay off the least in the long run?


A list was recently released by the website 24/7 Wall St. to judge the value graduates will receive from their alma mater. 

The list of 50 Top Ranked Colleges That Pay Off the Least compared the median earnings of former students against the cost and student debt. These colleges were chosen based on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings of the 206 best national and liberal arts colleges. 

Below are the rankings of schools from Ohio and surrounding states: 

5. Earlham College (Ind.)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $33,400
  • Cost of four-year degree: $75,676
  • Typical student debt: $18,500
  • Most common degree awarded: Biological and Biomedical Sciences (16.7%)

8. Berea College (Ky.)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $33,400
  • Cost of four-year degree: $12,268
  • Typical student debt: $5,428
  • Most common degree awarded: Biological and Biomedical Sciences (9.9%)

15. Oberlin College (Ohio)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $40,300 
  • Cost of four-year degree: $117,944
  • Typical student debt: $24,000
  • Most common degree awarded: Visual and Performing Arts (24.4%)

16. Transylvania University (Ky.)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $39,700
  • Cost of four-year degree: $87,252
  • Typical student debt: $23,320
  • Most common degree awarded: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (14.3%)

24. Ohio Wesleyan University (Ohio)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $42,700
  • Cost of four-year degree: $117,292
  • Typical student debt: $22,191
  • Most common degree awarded: Social Sciences (15.4%)

33. Centre College (Ky.)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $43,300 
  • Cost of four-year degree: $89,624
  • Typical student debt: $23,250
  • Most common degree awarded: Social Sciences (28.7%)

34. Ohio State University-Main Campus (Ohio)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $42,900
  • Cost of four-year degree:$72,272
  • Typical student debt: $16,188
  • Most common degree awarded: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (17.5%)

39. Kenyon College (Ohio)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $44,700
  • Cost of four-year degree: $116,812
  • Typical student debt: $17,525
  • Most common degree awarded: Social Sciences (28.9%)

46. Miami University-Oxford (Ohio)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $45,500
  • Cost of four-year degree: $94,364
  • Typical student debt: $16,500
  • Most common degree awarded: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (24.8%)

47. Indiana University-Bloomington (Ind.)

  • Typical salary 10 yrs. after entry: $44,700
  • Cost of four-year degree: $57,480
  • Typical student debt: $19,000
  • Most common degree awarded: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (19.1%)

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