Naming Names: A List of the Most Generous Colleges

In the last few days, I’ve been working on an assignment about college rankings — when it’s published I’ll be sure to link to the article. Today, however, I thought I’d provide links to some helpful college lists courtesy of US News & World Report.

Colleges Giving the Most Merit Scholarships

One question that I get asked frequently is which schools provide the most merit scholarships. Colleges will award a merit scholarship to a student who doesn’t qualify for need-based financial aid because his or her parents make too much money. You can find out the average merit-based scholarships by looking at any school’s Common Data Set, but this list from US News compiles the schools that give merit scholarships to the largest percentage of its students.

Colleges With the Highest Graduation Rates

Frequent visitors to my college blog know that I’ve often talked about the importance of discovering a college’s graduation rate. In this list of college graduation rates, I think you will be surprised that Harvard, Yale and Princeton got beat by schools like Davidson College, College of the Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame.

Colleges with the Most Students Studying Aboard

My daughter is studying at the University of Barcelona this year so this topic is on my mind. Caitlin has been in Spain for one week and she’s already sharing incredible stories from her new home via Skype.

Further Reading:

Researching Colleges in Six Minutes

Terrible Six-Year Graduation Rates

Giving Rich Kids a College Advantage

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution.

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