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Joliet, Ill. – Each year, Money recognizes colleges and universities from across the country that successfully combine quality and affordability and recognizes them in its annual Best Colleges in America ratings report. This year’s report included over 700 four-year colleges and universities, including the University of St. Francis and 33 other Illinois-based institutions.

The methodology utilized by Money to create its Best Colleges in America 2024 ratings report examined schools according 25 factors in three weighted categories – quality of education (30% of weighting), affordability (40% of weighting), and outcomes (30% of weighting). Based on the results of that analysis, the schools are then assigned a star rating on a scale of one to five stars (five stars is the highest rating possible). ӣӰ was one of fifteen Illinois schools to earn a rating of 4.5 stars or higher in this year’s ratings report.

Money‘s analysis showcases the country’s top colleges based on graduation rates, cost of attendance, financial aid, alumni salaries and more. There isn’t one ‘best’ college for every student, but our star ratings can help you build a list of standout schools that fit your budget,” said a spokesperson for Money.

Eric Ruiz, ӣӰ Vice President of Admissions & Enrollment Services, recognizes that much attention is paid to the anticipated return on investment when examining post-secondary options.

“High school students and parents looking at college, and adults looking at graduate school are right to be cautious about investing time and money into an educational program. A college degree can be worth millions of dollars over the course of one’s career. ӣӰ has designed degree programs that help our graduates launch truly valuable, meaningful careers,” he said.

“The value of a degree from the University of St. Francis continues to climb, which demonstrates a significant return on that investment,” Ruiz added.

Visit to view Money’s Best Colleges in America rankings.

For more information on ӣӰ programs, financial assistance options or to learn more about registration, visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid.

The University of St. Francis is consistently ranked among the best when it comes to quality education, affordability, and accessibility. Visit stfrancis.edu/nationally-ranked to view ӣӰ’s most recent national accolades.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 3,300 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 ӣӰ alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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