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Washington Monthly Includes DU Among Best Bang for Buck Rankings

Washington Monthly has hailed Duquesne Universityas a school where you get the "best bang for the buck."

The 2013 Best Bang for the Buck rankings, a new ranking by Washington Monthly based on the economic value students receive per dollar, lists Duquesne at No. 68 out of 78 schools in the national universities category. Among Catholic schools ranked on this national list, Duquesne is included in the top five. Other Best Bang for the Buck ranking categories include liberal arts colleges; master's universities; baccalaureate colleges; and all schools.

According to the magazine, the Best Bang for the Buck rankings focuses on American colleges that "do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices." The list is described as exclusive as only 349 schools (out 1,572 colleges and universities that were considered) made the overall best-bang-for-the-buck list.

Criteria for universities to be included in the Washington Monthly rankings were:

  • at least 20 percent of students must be receiving Pell grants
  • a graduation rate of at least 50 percent
  • a school's graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school based on the number of lower-income students admitted
  • a school must have a student loan default rate of 10 percent of less.

After considering these criteria, schools were ranked based on their net price of attendance.


Washington Monthly is a bimonthly publication that covers politics, government, culture and the media.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.