New ranking looks at value of public vs. private college education

The January 2009 issue of SmartMoney magazine ranks The Ohio State University 11th in the nation in a study that measures the long-term value of a college education. In what it called a “twist on traditional college rankings,” the magazine examined the relationship between tuition costs and graduates’ earning power to measure which schools deliver the best return on tuition investment.

The monthly magazine, published by The Wall Street Journal, cites Ohio State as a better value than all the private institutions included in the survey. At 11, Ohio State is one of the highest ranked schools in the Midwest and third highest in the Big Ten. (University of Illinois is ranked seventh, Purdue is ranked ninth.) Public universities comprise the top 15 places of the 50 colleges that were ranked.

In his January article, “Why the Ivies Aren’t Worth it,” Neil Parmar writes of the decision that Ohio State freshman Rachel Kominsky made in choosing Ohio State over the University of Pennsylvania.

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