Maria Ranked Among 50 Best Value Colleges and Universities

Maria College Ranked Among 50 Best Value Colleges and Universities in New York

ALBANY, NY, November 20, 2015 – Maria College has been ranked among the 50 best value colleges and universities in New York by Best Value Schools.  Maria College was ranked 40th.

For this ranking, the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database and the Pay Scale College Return on Investment (ROI) Report were used to determine the top 50 best value schools. The following factors were considered:  Graduation Rate, Net Price, Acceptance Rate, and 20-Year Net ROI.

Located in the capitol city of New York, Maria College of Albany is a Catholic college founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Maria College enrolls an estimated 1,000 traditional and non-traditional students, over the course of a year, with day, evening, weekend, and online class options. A student/faculty ratio of 14-to-1, highly contemporary, career-oriented programs, and a robust first year experience program make Maria a unique choice for students.

"It is an honor to be included among the best value colleges and universities in New York," says Dr. Lea Johnson, Maria College President.  "As a provider of higher education for over 50 years, we have realized the importance of keeping education highly affordable. At the same time, we are focused on expanding our majors and providing these programs in flexible schedules to meet the needs of both the high school graduate and the adult learner. This ranking highlights our focus on affordability, convenience, and quality programs."

Degree emphasis at Maria has been in the health sciences – nursing and occupational therapy assistant—placing graduates in many health care facilities in the region. Additionally, Maria has announced four new bachelor majors in the last two years—psychology, health and occupational sciences, health care management and liberal arts.  Ninety-nine percent of Maria’s 2014 graduates reported finding employment or continuing their education after six months. Learn more about Maria in this link:  http://www.newmariacollege.com

About Maria College

Maria College is a baccalaureate nonprofit, independent, co-educational institution, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy, and is one of 16 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.  The College serves traditional and non-traditional students through day, evening, weekend and online classes. A student focused and highly affordable private college in Albany, NY with a 99% placement rate—according to 2014 survey.

About Best Value Schools

Best Value Schools researches and provides objective, accurate, and up-to-date facts about colleges and universities that deliver the best overall value for the educational dollar. The site addresses relevant and important topics, including financial aid and assistance, support and service for the student, and ROI.  Best   Value Schools  answers FAQ’s and offers tips and information related to college savings and more.   Read the full article at the following link:  http://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/small-colleges-business-administration-degree/

For more information, please contact:

Beth Wales, Director
Marketing & Communications
Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY  12208
Phone: 518.861.2506
Email: bwales@mariacollege.edu