With years of state budget cuts to higher education adversely affecting the cost and quality of schools and research showing that public institutions can outperform private colleges in terms of graduates’ career outcomes, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings, along with separate rankings for colleges and universities.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Note – Salve Regina University in Newport was not measured or ranked by WalletHub.

Top 3 Colleges & Universities in Rhode Island

1Brown University
2University of Rhode Island
3Rhode Island College

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

School Snapshot: Brown University (1 = Best)

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

School Snapshot: University of Rhode Island (1 = Best)

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

School Snapshot: Rhode Island College (1 = Best)

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

To view the full reports, visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: https://wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750/

Best Colleges: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-colleges-in-the-us-ranking/40748/

Best Universities: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-universities-in-usa-ranking/39704/

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