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BC Rates High For English, Humanities ROI, Ranks in Global Executives Top 100

09/19/13

By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Sep. 19, 2013

Boston College is one of the top universities for English and humanities majors in return on investment, according to Affordable Colleges Online, a website that provides information and analysis on financial aspects of higher education.

BC was ranked sixth in the AC Online survey, behind Harvard, Penn, California-Berkeley, James Madison and California Polytechnic State. Also in the top 20 were UCLA, Rutgers-New Brunswick, University of Washington, Georgia, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Cal-Santa Barbara, Boston University, NYU, Carnegie Mellon and California-Santa Cruz, among others.

Students considering English and humanities programs, the introduction to the article read, should not only assess quality, “but also the return you might get on your financial investment. Does this college routinely graduate English or humanities majors who go on to successful and lucrative careers? While money isn’t everything, knowing your degree holds weight in the workplace can certainly help.”

AC Online said its methodology for the rankings included an institution’s total weighted cost (provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) and 30-year net return on investment according to PayScale.com. BC also has been included among the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index of Global Executives. The University was 97th in the index, which lists universities that have educated the most Fortune Global 500 CEOs. Eighteen countries in all are represented in the world top 100 list. Thirty-eight of the institutions on the index are from the US, 15 from China and nine from Japan.