Manhattan College Receives High Ranking from CARA’s 1964 Blog

Manhattan College was cited in a recent study as among the best investments in Catholic higher education in the country.

Already ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek and CNNMoney.com as an outstanding investment, Manhattan College was cited in a recent study as among the best investments in Catholic higher education in the country. The study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, analyzed such indicators as graduation rates, average indebtedness at graduation, and average starting salary for the more than 200 Catholic colleges in the U.S. It listed Manhattan College among 35 schools nationally distinguished as “excellent” investments, and among 15 schools in the Northeast.

The 15 Northeast colleges consisted of: Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Villanova University, Fordham University, University of Scranton, Stonehill College, Duquesne University, Siena College, Manhattan College, DeSales University, Le Moyne College, Misericordia University, Saint Vincent College, Marywood University, and Saint Bonaventure University.

The study analyzes the retention rates of at least 75 percent of first-year full-time students working toward a bachelor’s degree, and how many of these students return to college during their sophomore year. The colleges with 3 out of 4 students’ returning for sophomore year were found to have a better investment than other colleges. The same group was also surveyed to see how many students graduated within the standard amount of time, and the use and type of loans borrowed.

CARA, a non-profit Georgetown University affiliated research center, conducts national social scientific studies about the Catholic Church.