Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 11:45am


Mercy College Ranked Among Colleges with Best Lifetime Return on Investment

Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – July 30, 2013 –AffordableCollegesOnline.org – today’s #1 resource for college affordability and financial aid information – has ranked Mercy College in the top 15% of New York colleges and universities evaluated (62 out of 472) with the greatest lifetime return on investment. 

Graduates from these schools earn more on average than graduates from other New York schools.

“Mercy College is proud to be an affordable institution, offering high-quality, challenging academic programs for our students,” said Dr. Concetta M. Stewart, Interim President of Mercy College.

Mercy College's recognition as a best lifetime return on investment is the latest of a growing number of accolades from external higher education sources. Mercy’s Honors Program has been recognized as a "Smart Choice" by Peterson's Honors Programs and Colleges Guide; ranked in the Cool College Guide as one of the "most exciting schools" in the U.S.; and named as "America's Best Bet in Higher Education" in Colleges of Distinctions publication.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in New York that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

AC Online developed the following criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College”:

     •  Fully accredited institution

     •  Either public or private

     •  Four-year, degree-granting institution

     •  ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report

AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using the following highly respected, authoritative data sets:

     •  NCES (http://nces.gov/), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.

     •  IPEDS (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/), the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.

     •  Carnegie Classification (http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/), a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.

     •  Payscale.com (http://www.payscale.com/about/methodology), the premier salary data collection organization.

 About AC Online

Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice, and cost savings ideas. AC Online is a trusted resource for college stats and rankings. Most recently the site launched a feature that provides students with a categorized directory of free online introductory, or "101", classes from several top named U.S. universities such as MIT, Michigan and U.C. Berkeley.


About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.