Hartsville, SC – Washington Monthly magazine’s “The Other College Guide” has ranked Coker College as No. 5 out of 288 colleges in the Southeast region that deliver the “Best Bang for the Buck.” This marks the third consecutive year that Coker has been included in this particular list.
Washington Monthly’s methodology aims to measure the economic value students receive per dollar. The ranking determines which schools are the best value based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.
“Students receive a personalized and valuable college experience at Coker,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson. “Thanks to a competitive net price, students benefit from unique educational opportunities without the tuition burdens often associated with private schools. Those opportunities not typically found at larger public institutions include our round-table learning and a highly engaged experience.”
To better serve incoming students, Coker’s financial aid team provides one-on-one counseling to determine the best financial aid packages available for each individual. At Coker, roughly 95% of students receive some type of financial aid.
“I think Washington Monthly recognizes what we have appreciated about Coker for a long time: Coker College provides a transformational education at a great price,” said Steve Terry, vice president for enrollment and contract services. “Our unique round-table approach to teaching and opportunities for students to become engaged in all aspects of college give students an exceptional experience. It is great to be recognized by Washington Monthly and to be associated with other fine institutions in the Southeast.”
“The Other College Guide,” inspired by and including Washington Monthly magazine’s signature college rankings, provides a set of guidelines intended to help students find the right school and excel once they get there. The guide ranks schools based on the best available data to answer such questions as: Which schools will charge students a fair price and not bury them in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow students to earn a decent income? The guide also includes chapters on finding the best-fit schools, making the most of the first year, and the real deal about money, loans, and preparing for the world of work.
For more information on Washington Monthly’s 2015 Best Bang for the Buck rankings, visit http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-other-college-guide/best-bang-for-buck-southeast-rank.php.
Release written by media relations coordinator Elizabeth McCarley.
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.