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

Apr 21 2015

You Can Get a Great Education for a Great Price

The 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. (Go to 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 SmartAsset 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.

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