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. 4 in Best Schools for Internships, and No. 26 in Best Value Colleges for private schools.
According to The Princeton Review, the 209 Best Value Colleges for 2023 comprise only eight 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, “We commend their administrators, faculties, staff, and alumni for all they are doing to educate their students and guide them to success in their careers. These colleges are also exceptional for the generous amount of financial aid they award to students with need and/or for their comparatively low cost of attendance.”
“I am pleased to see us again recognized for the incredible strength of our alumni network,” said President Scott Feller. “Our alumni set themselves apart by their willingness to support each other, our current and prospective students, and their alma mater. The dedication of our alumni to mentoring individual students and to supporting the College philanthropically is unsurpassed and all of us on campus are immensely grateful.”
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.
Wabash stood strong in rankings associated with faculty accessibility and interest, receiving scores of 98 and 96, respectively. The College also received an overall academic rating of 91 and a financial aid rating of 94. The College’s return-on-investment rating was 92.
“I’m thrilled to be in a position to help remove financial barriers to a Wabash education,” said Alex DeLonis, Director of Financial Aid. “This could not be possible without the generosity of Wabash alumni, family, and friends. One of the best parts of my job is being able to help families realize that Wabash is more affordable than they expected. Those are fun conversations to have.”
According to payscale.com, a Wabash graduate with a bachelor’s degree can expect an early career median salary of $76,400 with a mid-career median salary of $155,800.
“We place a high level of importance on internships in the professional development process, across all majors and career interests,” said Cassie Hagan, director of professional development and the Center for Innovation, Business, & Entrepreneurship. “Whether conducting research in our own labs, learning the business of an art gallery, or training in a corporate setting, these experiences are critical in building competitive resumes for whatever our students desire to accomplish. We send our students out into the world with confidence each summer knowing we’ve partnered with top-notch supervisors and organizations who will provide mentorship, constructive feedback, and opportunities for growth and reflection. Many of these mentors are Wabash alumni, faculty, and staff, and our students benefit from the connections and support of this professional network.”
Last fall, The Princeton Review included Wabash in its Best 388 Colleges list, which ranked the 191-year-old liberal arts college for men in the top-25 nationally in 16 categories specific to the college experience. The College was included on more than one-third of the 50 lists -- 11 placements in the top-10 -- and is consistently rated highly for outstanding professors, classroom experience, financial aid, and career services.