Mason Offers a High Return on Investment

Posted: May 16, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: May 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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bullrunhallGeorge Mason University’s current students and alumni should be pleased to know that they made a sound financial investment when they chose to attend George Mason.

While Mason routinely appears on Kiplingers’ Personal Finance magazine’s top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” and Forbes magazine’s top 100 “America’s Best College Buys” lists, the university has now earned top spots on lists that measure colleges in terms of return on investment. has developed a list of the top 50 schools “that are both affordable and provide students with the best bang for their buck after graduation.” The high return on investment (ROI) means higher salaries for these colleges’ graduates throughout their careers.

Mason came in at 24 on the 2013 list. While there were several other public Virginia universities on the list, the only other Washington, D.C.-area school on the list was the University of Maryland, College Park.

Another survey done by put Mason at 149 for in-state students on a list of “Colleges Worth Your Investment” out of more than 1,500. Other public Virginia schools in the top 150 of this list were University of Virginia, main campus; Virginia Tech; and the College of William & Mary. Washington, D.C.-area schools in the top 150 were Catholic University; George Washington University; Georgetown University; and University of Maryland, College Park. The data was collected from employees who completed their survey.

And most recently, The College Database ranked Mason number four among public Virginia universities for offering “education that is both affordable and enables strong post-college career opportunities.”

See the respective websites for methodology and other information.

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