How to Measure College ROI

How to Measure College ROI
Beth Dumbauld

Guest Post By Edmit
Reviewed by Julie Vandekreke

In deciding where to enroll in college, you’ve no doubt looked at a given school’s academic programs, campus life and culture, and financial aid programs. All of those factors are important, of course. But have you also considered a college’s potential return on investment (ROI)?

ROI looks at outcomes: a college’s graduation rate, first-year earnings for new graduates, alumni networks and post-graduate support, and average career earnings for alumni - and then compares it to the cost of attending that school. Once you know the potential ROI for a given college, you’ll get a big-picture view of whether that school can help you reach both your academic and career goals.

So, how can you determine if a particular college will have great outcomes? Check out some of Edmit’s best tips about college ROI to guide you in your research.

Choose the right school

Choose what you will study

Once you know the cost, make a plan for how you’ll pay

Remember, too, that ROI will be as unique as each student. For example, the ROI considerations for an incoming pre-med major will be different from what an aspiring elementary education major is measuring. Keep your own goals top of mind and take the long view. In doing so, you’ll be able to identify—and apply to—colleges that will help you build the life you want.

About Edmit: Founded by recognized university leaders, Edmit provides personalized insights and advice to help families find colleges that meet their academic goals and are within their financial means. Families that use Edmit make smarter college choices leading to less debt and better earnings outcomes, saving thousands of dollars.

Overwhelmed with college research? Edmit can help, with data on pricing and value for more than 2000 colleges in the U.S.

Previous Post Next Post

Find Out How Much You Can Save
With StraighterLine

Request More Information
Call (877) 787-8375 to talk with a StraighterLine Enrollment Counselor!

Thanks for your Interest in StraighterLine

Our team will be reaching out to you shortly.