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Forbes magazine recognizes Miami as a "Best Buy"


Miami University is recognized by Forbes magazine as the best public university in the state of Ohio and a "Best College Buy." Forbes' America's Best Colleges 2010 list, published earlier this month, features more than 600 colleges and universities across the country.

“We believe a good college is one that meets student needs. While other college rankings are based in large part on school reputation, as evaluated by college administrators, we focus on factors that directly concern incoming students,” said the researchers when announcing this year’s lists.

The rankings, compiled by Forbes in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), consider five general categories:

  • Student satisfaction accounts for more than a quarter of a school’s final score and is based on student evaluations.
  • Postgraduate success accounts for almost one third of the final results and is based on alumni salary.
  • Student debt is considered in the rankings at more than 17 percent and is based on debt load (four years) and student loan default rates.
  • Nearly one fifth of the rankings are based on four-year graduation rates.
  • Competitive awards account for less than 10 percent of the final scores.

Miami is one of only 100 schools on Forbes’ “Best College Buy” list and one of only two Ohio universities. CCAP compiles the list based on school quality and cost comparison.

The rankings appeared as a special report in the Aug. 11 issue of Forbes magazine. The complete ranking list is also available online at


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