Missouri University of Science and Technology is once again one of the nation’s top public universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
This marks the fourth time since July that Missouri S&T has been recognized by national publications for its value and return on investment.
The February issue of Kiplinger’s, now available on newsstands, ranks Missouri S&T 86th for in-state students on the Kiplinger 100 list of public institutions “that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price.” S&T is ranked 84th on the list for out-of-state students.
Earlier this year, Missouri S&T was recognized by PayScale Inc. for the high starting salaries of its graduates, BusinessWeek for offering a high return on investment (ROI) and U.S. News and World Report for being one of the nation’s best values in public higher education.
“Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s. “Schools like these on the Kiplinger 100 list prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education – and without a huge cloud of debt.”
“The Kiplinger’s rankings reflect the quality and value of a Missouri S&T education,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor John F. Carney III. “It also reinforces our own message that investing in a Missouri S&T education will pay great dividends in the future.”
This latest ranking comes on the heels of other national recognition for S&T’s value and ROI.
Last July, a report by PayScale Inc. ranked Missouri S&T second among Midwestern public and private universities in terms of starting median salary for graduates. The starting median salary for Missouri S&T graduates – $56,700 – was third among all public universities in the nation. More recent salary data from Missouri S&T shows an even higher average starting salary for 2010 graduates: $57,800.
Also last July, BusinessWeek listed Missouri S&T as one of the top 25 campuses in the nation for return on investment. According to that analysis, the 30-year return on investment for Missouri S&T graduates is $1,181,000. The annualized net ROI for obtaining a Missouri S&T degree is 12.4 percent, well above the 9 percent annualized ROI for all schools.
Last fall, U.S. News and World Report put Missouri S&T as No. 6 among public universities in its ranking of Great Schools at Great Prices.