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Clayton State Ranked Eighth Among Georgia Universities for Best Value for Education

Apr 03 2015

You Can Get a Great Education for a Great Price

The SmartAsset.com website has ranked Clayton State University in the top 10 for best value in higher education in the State of Georgia, reinforcing the concept that Clayton State provides students with a good value to make their dreams real.

Clayton State is ranked eighth, just ahead of Savannah State University and the University of West Georgia, and just behind Southern Polytechnic State University, which is now part of Kennesaw State University.

SmartAsset looked at five factors to determine the best value colleges and universities: tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary. The sources for the SmartAsset rankings included; 2013 National Center for Educational Statistics, 2014 Payscale, and 2013 College InSight.

As SmartAsset says in its state rankings; check out the colleges in Georgia where you can get a good education for a good price.

“To capture the true cost of attending a school, we included the tuition (using in-state tuition for public schools where applicable), student living costs (including room and board, books, supplies, transportation and other personal expenses) and the average scholarships and grants offered to students of the school,” says the SamrtAsset website of its national and state rankings.

“To capture what students get in return, we looked at student retention rate (the percent of students that re-enrolled at the institution the following year) and the average starting salary.

“We weighted each of the five factors equally to come up with a ranking of schools in our analysis. With that ranking, we created an index (a sort of grading on a curve) where the number one school was assigned 100.”

SmartAsset provides free web-based answers to commonly asked personal finance questions. Through a combination of proprietary software and data, SmartAsset is able to provide automated, and deeply personalized advice on home ownership, retirement and life insurance, among many other topics. The company is based in New York City, and is backed by investors including Y Combinator, Javelin Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Quotidian Ventures, Peterson Ventures and more.

 


 

Rank

School

City

Avg. Scholarships and Grants

Avg. Starting Salary

College Tuition*

Student Living Costs

Student Retention Rate

College Education Affordability Index

1

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

$8,510

$60,700

$10,098

$14,360

96%

99.02

2

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

$7,686

$43,800

$9,842

$11,408

94%

83.54

3

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$30,026

$51,100

$42,980

$16,244

94%

63.99

4

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

$5,995

$42,400

$8,157

$14,265

82%

62.46

5

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, GA

$6,178

$41,100

$8,618

$16,018

85%

57.45

6

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

$5,192

$41,600

$5,754

$16,140

80%

56.14

7

Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, GA

$5,061

$49,500

$5,627

$17,340

72%

55.91

8

Clayton State University

Morrow, GA

$4,633

$40,800

$5,014

$14,559

73%

54.30

9

Savannah State University

Savannah, GA

$5,676

$35,000

$5,290

$11,800

70%

53.98

10

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

$4,996

$40,100

$5,740

$14,394

71%

51.70

 

GA

 

$7,911

$41,262

$14,312

$13,099

67%

*   Where applicable, used in-state tuition (residents of the same state as a college, qualify for lower in-state tuition)

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