BURBANK, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2016) — With the cost of higher education an ongoing national concern, Woodbury University announced today that it has been recognized as among the 20 Best Deals on Small Colleges in California by Great College Deals (www.greatcollegedeals.net). Woodbury ranked 14th in a pool of 110 colleges and universities in the state.
“In assembling this selection of 20 schools, we strategically researched the most desirable features in pursuing an investment-worthy degree,” Great College Deals reported. In the process of ranking California’s top small colleges, points were awarded based on affordability, tuition return on investment, student-to-faculty ratio, faculty expertise, alumni engagement, recognition in education-related publications, career placement programs, and any additional features that added value to the college’s degree offerings. The sample included 110 schools with a net price of under $34,000 and a total student enrollment below 8,000. Primary sources for the data included College Navigator, Niche and Payscale.
“The 2016 Great College Deals rankings affirm our commitment to deliver a quality educational experience at a price families can afford,” said Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, Woodbury University President. “Given a student body that is economically and ethnically diverse, we strive to make the Woodbury experience both accessible and meaningful. We are proud to offer the intangible but very real benefits of smaller class sizes, frequent and direct contact with professors, an ability to shape an academic career that is increasingly out of reach in the public system, and an innovative environment fed by the creative industries that surround us.”
“Woodbury University… is a nationally renowned college whose economic value has been recognized by Money and The Economist magazines,” the Great College Deals site notes. “WU boasts a twenty-year return on investment of almost $200K, and student satisfaction surveys have indicated a high level of generosity with regard to scholarships. Woodbury is comprised of undergraduate schools in business, media and design, architecture, and liberal arts; with an average class size of 15, students easily benefit from mentor-based educational development. Woodbury’s location near the greater Los Angeles area creates many opportunities for internships with major media outlets.”
Great College Deals is the #1 free online resource guide for finding up-to-date advice on affording a high-quality college education. The site’s mission is to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates. The organization is dedicated to turning students into smart shoppers who can avoid having overwhelming loan debt at graduation.
The Great College Deals staff is focused on highlighting regionally accredited colleges offering quality education with below-average net prices. The organization has compiled several rankings to recognize colleges granting excellent financial aid packages for a solid return on investment (ROI). The Great College Deals website lists only affordable associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs that, in the organization’s words, “give you a great bang for your buck.”
Along with featuring the best college deals, the site guides visitors through affording every aspect of the post-secondary journey. The site includes comprehensive lists of scholarships and grants, which provide free gift aid that won’t need to be repaid, along with new infographics, featured articles, and FAQs concerned with affording a college education.