It is a big decision for any teenager, but even bigger for the parents of the teenager.  What school will my child be going to after High School.  With the first early decision deadline coming on November 1, Wallethub has released their top universities and colleges in America.

The top four are not much of a surprise.  Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton.  If you are looking to stay closer to home you can still be in the top 10 with 8th ranked Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Looking to stay in Iowa?  Here are the Top 10 according to the Wallethub findings:

  1. Grinnell College
  2. Drake University
  3. Luther College
  4. Coe College
  5. Northwestern College
  6. Simpson College
  7. Buena Vista University
  8. Central College
  9. University of Iowa
  10. Loras College

The top spot of Grinnell College (about 2 hours straight west of the Quad Cities) lands 35th on the national list from Wallethub.  The survey used student selectivity, cost & financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes to determine these standings.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at the top 3 schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Grinnell College (1 = Best; 11 = Average; 21 = Worst):

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 20th – Net Cost
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 14th – On-Campus Crime
  • 2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Drake University (1 = Best; 11 = Average; 21 = Worst):

  • 10th – Admission Rate
  • 18th – Net Cost
  • 4th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 11th – On-Campus Crime
  • 14th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Luther College (1 = Best; 11 = Average; 21 = Worst):

  • 6th – Admission Rate
  • 13th – Net Cost
  • 8th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 17th – On-Campus Crime
  • 17th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 3rd – Graduation Rate
  • 6th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full report click here.

Source: WalletHub
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