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Aug. 3, 2015 - King’s College has again earned a place on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity based on multiple factors related to success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction, and student and faculty achievement.

King’s placed 500 of 650 institutions in the annual rankings. Less than 15 percent of the nearly 4,400 colleges and universities nationwide are included in “Forbes” eighth annual ranking. King’s is the only Luzerne County college or university included in the list and one of only two institutions (University of Scranton) in northeastern Pennsylvania. Both have been named to the list every year of its existence.

According to the magazine, “This is a new age of return-on-investment education, the very heart of our definitive ranking. Our focus is on just one measurement: outcomes. From low student debt and high graduation rates to student satisfaction and career success, these outstanding institutions are worth it.”

King’s placed 227th in “Grateful Grads,” a new measurement in this year’s rankings.  The index is used to rank list members by the median amount of private donations per student over a 10-year period.

“King’s College has always prided itself on providing its students an education that prepares them well for their personal and professional lives after graduation,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., president.  “We believe strongly that the satisfaction expressed by our students and graduates is the result of a personalized education provided by an engaged faculty in a caring community.”

Factors considered for inclusion on the “Forbes” list include post-graduate success, student satisfaction and student debt, academic success, and graduation rate.  The 2015 Forbes/CCAP college ranking is the inaugural year for a 3-year moving average of the schools’ overall scores. This means that the overall rank is computed from 3 scores: the scores found in 2015, 2014, and 2013.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to research on the issues of rising costs and efficiency in higher education.  “Forbes” is a bi-weekly business magazine that has been published since 1917.