The “Best Bang for the Buck-Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking is a list of colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students earn degrees at affordable prices. Out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the publications’ broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools.
To be considered, colleges have to meet four criteria: at least 20 percent of their students must receive Pell Grants; the schools must have a graduation rate of at least 50 percent; the actual graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school given the number of lower-income students admitted; and the schools must have a student loan default rate of 10 percent or less.
Linfield was 51 on the list, with 27 percent of students receiving Pell Grants; a 73 percent graduation rate; and a 2 percent default rate on student loans.
Linfield was recently named one of 125 colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” section of the Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”