College Efficiency Score (CES)

Going to college is expensive.  Make sure it’s worth it.

The College Efficiency Score (CES) is a single number that measures a college’s ability to effectively transition its students to a profession/career. As such, it helps prospective students and their parents more easily compare and prioritize the relative financial value of different colleges.

More specifically, CES is a benefit-cost analysis that compares the median annual earnings of students after attending college to the average annual cost of going to that college. Also factored into CES is the graduation rate of students attending that college. Graduation rate is applied to gauge the probability that a prospective student will realize the projected earnings associated with getting the diploma.

See how the colleges you are considering scored.  You may be surprised.  

If you would like to access the CES for all four-year colleges (2,159 institutions) please provide your email address below to download the file.  Your email will never be shared with others.