Troy University has been ranked as Alabama’s leading institution of higher education, according to Forbes Magazine’s recently released “America’s Best Colleges” list. In addition, Forbes ranked TROY 16th nationally on its “America’s Best College Buys” list.
Last year, the University was ranked as the state’s top public institution.
The survey, conducted jointly with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, included 600 institutions nationwide, and based its rankings on student evaluations, graduates’ success, student debt loads and graduation rates.
This year, Troy University was ranked number 237 of the 600 colleges surveyed, making it the only institution in Alabama – public or private – ranked in the top 250.
The “Best Buy” ranking considered the quality score and average “sticker price” tuition and fees and excluded any institution that had an actual four-year graduation rate lower than 20 percent. Included in the list are the country’s military service academies and some private colleges that effectively charge no tuition for attendance. Excluding those institutions, TROY would rank eighth nationally on the “best buy” list.
“We were thrilled by the announcement by Forbes Magazine that Troy University has been recognized as the best university in the state of Alabama inclusive of the publics and the privates. Beyond that we were also proud to be ranked 16th nationally on its best college buy list,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. “Troy University has always been known as a quality-driven institution, but one, too, that is accessible, and accessibility reflects affordability in so many ways. We work hard at being good stewards to be sure the students get a quality experience for their investment of time and resources.”
Dr. Hawkins said that personal attention for students, overall student satisfaction, campus safety and a “fun environment” contributed to Forbes rankings, but that the two rankings reflect the efforts of faculty, staff, students and alumni within the University.
“The bottom line is that Alabama has invested in this institution and, in turn, I believe the ranking by Forbes reflects the quality of that investment. It’s a great day for Alabama,” he said.
What others had to say about the ranking
“Any positive external verification we receive is important, especially when it is from such a reputable source as Forbes, and students and parents do value such verifications to a degree. However, the more important aspect of such a public verification is that it serves as greater confirmation that we’re doing more than telling a great story.”
– Buddy Starling
Dean of Enrollment Management
“With more than 5,700 colleges and universities operating in the U.S., prospective students have a dazzling number of choices when considering their higher education options. And when you consider that online delivery greatly increases the traditional student’s as well as the adult learner’s universe of choices, objective information from a neutral, recognized observer that differentiates Troy University from that dazzling list of options is a great benefit. Recognition by Forbes Magazine that Troy University excels in value, student satisfaction and student success provides an objective and independent validation that we are succeeding in providing the excellent education experience to which we are committed. This recognition helps us communicate to students the excellent value of the Troy University experience.
– Dr. Earl Ingram
Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
and Vice Chancellor of TROY Global Campus
“The Forbes ranking benefits the University in helping confirm for online learners that Troy University is a ‘real’ institution that has both brick and click. The recognition from the Forbes Magazine ranking is helpful as we continue to build the brand for Troy University nationally and internationally.”
– Dr. Deb Gearhart
Director of eCampus
Other Recognition received
- Ranked as the leading institution of higher education in Alabama by Forbes Magazine (overall rank of 237)
- Ranked 16th nationally on the Forbes “America’s Best College Buys” list
- Named to the Princeton Review’s “Best of the Southeast” list for the sixth straight year
- Named one of the 65 best universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report’s Regional Best Colleges guide
- Ranked in the top 15 percent of all universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools in the country in terms of being “military friendly” by GIJobs.com.