RMU ranked one of the best value colleges in the Pittsburgh area


Avin Patel

Robert Morris University

John Blinn, News Editor

MOON TOWNSHIP – Robert Morris University was recently ranked within the top 10 best value colleges in the Pittsburgh area.

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education and countless reviews from all over the region, Niche — a Pittsburgh-based educational rankings site — made its list of the 2019 Best Value Colleges in the Pittsburgh Area. The list studied net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates and student debt.

In terms of value, Robert Morris University was ranked eighth on the list. Niche rated RMU’s value with an A- and gave the university an overall rating of B-.

Vice president of marketing and public relations for Robert Morris University, Jonathan Potts mentioned that despite the credibility of some of these ranking websites, the biggest metric of RMU’s success is based on the success of graduates.

“College and university rankings have certainly proliferated, and some, including Niche, seem very thoughtful in their approach and try to make smart use of data. That said, they all have their limitations,” said Potts. “RMU’s most important metric of success continues to be what our students achieve in their professional and personal lives once they graduate.”

The top best value colleges and their value scores go as follows:

1. Carnegie Mellon University (A+)

2. Duquesne University (A)

3. University of Pittsburgh (A)

4. Washington and Jefferson College (A)

5. Saint Vincent College (A)

Along with the best value colleges, Niche also released a list that explored the best overall colleges in the Pittsburgh area. That list reads as follows:

1. Carnegie Mellon University (A+)

2. University of Pittsburgh (A)

3. Duquesne (A-)

4. Washington and Jefferson College (B+)

5. Saint Vincent College (B)

Robert Morris University appeared 10th on this list.

“Not only do a high number of RMU students have a job or are enrolled in graduate school within the first year after graduation, but Gallup surveys have shown that they are more likely to be engaged in their work, to hold management positions, and to enjoy personal well-being than graduates of similar institutions,” said Potts in response to the survey.