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Forbes Names Seton Hall One of ‘America’s Best Value Colleges’  

Seton Hall Campus and FlagSeton Hall University has been named to Forbes' list of "America’s Best Value Colleges" for 2017.

Using a "return on investment" metric for students as its primary gauge, Forbes named just 300 colleges and universities to the prestigious list.

With approximately 4,700 colleges in the United States, Seton Hall is among the top six percent of all colleges for return on investment, according to Forbes.

Noting that "the question we begin with is not 'what's the "best" school?' but whether a college will deliver a meaningful return on investment," Forbes designed the list to recognize those schools that it says "deliver the best bang for the tuition buck based on tuition costs, school quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success."

As might be expected of a ranking based on return on investment or ROI, the methodology in the Forbes list of "America's Best Value Colleges" weighted student earnings post-graduation heavily (20 percent). It also took into account student debt (20 percent) along with "on-time graduation" at (15 percent). The methodology also calculated a school's quality (25 percent). The quality number was derived from the 2016 Forbes Top Colleges ranking (to which Seton Hall was also named) which measures student satisfaction, post-graduate success and student debt among other factors.

"Seton Hall is honored to be named by Forbes as one of the 'best values' in the country," said Alyssa McCloud, vice president for enrollment management. "This is a testament to the unprecedented advantages Seton Hall provides to students in terms of career development and internships, opportunities which allow them to stand out in their fields and get top jobs with leading firms after graduation." She continued, "This recognition is also a reflection of our commitment to making a Seton Hall education affordable, which is why we provide grants and scholarships to 98 percent of our students."

Being recognized as one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by Forbes is the latest in a long string of recent rankings accolades for Seton Hall University.

U.S. News & World Report's 2017 "America's Best Colleges" guide again recognized Seton Hall as a "First Tier National University," with the University rising for the sixth consecutive year to 118th among the nation's four-year public, private and for-profit national universities.

In the 2011 edition of U.S News & World Report, Seton Hall was ranked at 136th but has steadily risen in the national ranking since. The class of 2020 generated the largest applicant pool in the history of the University, precipitating the lowest admit rate and highest level of selectivity in the modern era. This continued an upward trend for Seton Hall, with the average SAT scores of incoming freshman increasing more than 100 points over the last seven years, and this latest incoming class marking the highest SAT average ever recorded.

The percentage of students who are Pell eligible rose to 28 percent and the class remained racially diverse, with 45 percent self-identifying as a student of color vs. 34 percent a decade ago.

In addition to the undergraduate school's rise in the rankings, Seton Hall's graduate programs have made major gains in the most recent U.S. News rankings, with Law (57th), Nursing (72nd), Part-time MBA program (57th), Physician Assistant (27th), Nonprofit Management (17th) and the Healthcare Administration program (52nd) leading the way.

In addition to the recent rankings success from U.S. News and Forbes, Seton Hall University has also been named among the "Best Colleges in the Nation" by The Princeton Review and as a "top value" in higher education in a number of other national rankings – including Money magazine, CNN Money and Washington Monthly. For the third year in a row, in 2017 Seton Hall's Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development earned a #1 ranking in the LEAD Awards sponsored by

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