Value and support are essential when it comes successfully reaping the benefits of the college experience, and Wabash College continues to rank among the best institutions nationally when it comes to the value and support its students receive.
In its annual college guide: The Best Value Colleges, The Princeton Review rated Wabash as No. 2 in Best Alumni Network, No. 3 in Best Schools for Internships, and No. 29 in Best Value Colleges for private schools.
According to The Princeton Review, the 209 Best Value Colleges for 2022 comprise only seven percent of the nation's four-year colleges and feature each of the following attributes: stellar academics; affordability via low costs or generous financial aid; and strong career prospects for graduates. The college admissions services company said, “Students who attend these schools don't have to mortgage their futures to pay for their degrees—and we believe they will graduate with great career prospects.”
“As we near the end of another incredible year, I continue to be amazed by the strength of our alumni network and what it means to all of the young men who live and learn at Wabash,” said President Scott Feller. “Being ranked among the nation’s top colleges for our alumni network and internship program is testament to the relationships that are formed at Wabash and that are shared among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents around the world that lead to unrivaled outcomes.”
The Princeton Review chose the Best Value schools based on return on investment (ROI) ratings it tallied for more than 650 schools under consideration last year. The selection process considered more than 40 data points, broadly covering academics, affordability, and career preparation.
“Navigating the financial aid process can be confusing and overwhelming; especially for the many first-generation college students we serve,” said Alex DeLonis, Director of Financial Aid. “Families are often surprised when they learn how affordable and accessible a Wabash education can be, and the Enrollment Team is there to support them through every step. We work with a very diverse student population, each of whom has unique needs. We take the time to develop a relationship with our students and ensure they walk away from counseling sessions knowing they are more than just a number.”
Wabash stood strong in rankings associated with faculty accessibility and interest, receiving scores of 99 and 98, respectively. The College also received an overall academic rating of 91 and a financial aid rating of 94.
According to payscale.com, a Wabash graduate with a bachelor’s degree can expect an early career median salary of $69,800 with a mid-career salary of $143,800.
“Our world class alumni are an incredible asset in connecting our students with internships and financially supporting internship programs,” said Cassie Hagan, Director of Professional Development and the Center for Innovation, Business, & Entrepreneurship. “The Professional Development team is dedicated to supporting students through the process of exploring potential careers and building workplace skills through summer internships. We are grateful to the alumni, staff, faculty, and recruiting partners who provide these opportunities for Wabash men to apply academic knowledge, problem-solving skills, and leadership abilities in a professional setting. These internship supervisors often become lifelong mentors for students, and that is a return on investment we aspire to send our graduate off with each May.”
Last fall, The Princeton Review included Wabash in its Best 386 Colleges list, which ranked the 190-year-old liberal arts college for men in the top-20 nationally in 10 “Great List” categories specific to the college experience. The College was one of seven schools nationally to be ranked on 10 or more of the publication’s “Great Lists” and is consistently rated highly for outstanding professors, classroom experience, financial aid, and career services.