July 31, 2014

University Communications

Forbes Calls SLU a ‘Rising Star' Among the Nation's Colleges and Universities

Forbes logoForbes released its "America's Best Colleges" list July 30, and Saint Louis University is considered a "rising star," according to the magazine.

In an article accompanying this year's rankings, "Rising Stars: 10 Top Colleges to Watch," Forbes highlighted the colleges and universities that have climbed the most since the rankings began in 2009.

The magazine said factors that put SLU and the nine other institutions in the top 10 included a winning formula of high student satisfaction and graduation rates, alumni career success and low student debt.

"By focusing on student success and college affordability, (these) universities are succeeding," the magazine said in an article accompanying this year's rankings. Visit the Forbes website to read the full article.

Overall, SLU was ranked No. 191 out of 650 colleges and universities in the United States, up from 524 just five years ago. In addition, the University ranked in the top 20 percent on Forbes' list with the lowest average debt load.

"(SLU) also ranks well by keeping costs low, the magazine said. "Given the type of students Saint Louis University serves we would expect to see a much higher debt burdens than we actually see."

Keeping a SLU education affordable is a priority for the University. In FY13, for example, SLU awarded more than $335.5 million in student scholarships and financial aid. In addition, approximately 97 percent of freshmen receive some sort of financial assistance from the University.

To enhance its ability to provide financial assistance to students, the University has established a matching gift initiative, Go Further, which supports scholarships for deserving students. Click here to learn more about this program. 

In addition to Forbes, SLU has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the Princeton Review, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges, among others.

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