College ROI: What We Found

The PayScale methodology reveals which schools prepare students for well-paying careers and which schools make for poor investments
All eight members of the Ivy League ranked in the top 30 for return on investment. Princeton, shown above, was No. 4 Princeton University

When Bloomberg Businessweek and PayScale last year inaugurated their ranking of the top U.S. colleges for return on investment, the main finding was a shocker. At a time when experts were trumpeting the value of a college education, our analysis showed that it was worth a fraction of what was previously thought, less than $400,000 over 30 years' time. Only four schools had 30-year ROI in excess of $1.6 million, the highest previous estimate.

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