Princeton Review names Gettysburg "College That Pays You Back"

The Princeton Review has ranked Gettysburg College among the national top 50 of its recently released guide, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.  In 2015, the Princeton Review also cited Gettysburg in its Colleges that Create Futures: 50 Schools that Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

Gettysburg is one of only 16 liberal arts institutions—and one of only seven institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania—to be included in the latest release. Amongst areas of distinction, the Princeton Review ranked the College 11th in the nation for internships for the second year in a row, and 14th in the nation for best alumni network.

"We highly recommend Gettysburg College, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and generous financial aid to students with need," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and lead author of the book. "Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support."

The Princeton Review considered factors like return on investment ratings for over 650 institutions nationwide, as well as academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction.

The recognition affirms the College’s commitment to students’ professional and personal success, from their first year to well after their graduation.

“Gettysburg works with students to develop their career plan and build their professional network,” said Kathy Williams, director of the Center for Career Development. “Through internships, externships, job shadowing, career immersion trips, and networking events, Gettysburg College students gain insight about various career fields, leading to career success shortly after graduation.”

In surveys of recent graduating classes, Gettysburg College alumni reported high rates of employment success. Just one year after graduation, 95 percent of the graduates in the Class of 2014 reported finding full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate schools.

“It is truly rewarding to be recognized for both our career development services and our return on education,” said Barbara Fritze, Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services. “A Gettysburg College education is an investment that’s proven to pay off time and time again.”

To learn more, check out the personal and professional outcomes for the Class of 2014.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kasey Varner, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Fri, 5 Feb 2016

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