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For Five Years Running, Forbes Cites Catawba College as an Institution with Grateful Grads

August 3, 2017

Category: Academics, Alumni, Students

grad2016b.jpgCatawba continues to be one of only four N.C. institutions among the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide cited by Forbes for inclusion in its 2017 Grateful Grads Index.

Forbes says a Catawba College education is well worth its cost, and claims the proof of that is in the institution’s alumni giving. This online Index ranks the best long-term value, or return-on-investment (ROI) of the top 200 private, not-for profit colleges enrolling more than 1,000 students. 

In addition to Catawba (87), other North Carolina institutions included in the top 100 in the 2017 Index are Davidson College (7), Duke University (9), and Wake Forest University (46). 

Queen University (120), Salem College (148), and Elon University (198) were also included in the 2017 Index.

To determine which colleges provide the best return on investment, Forbes shares that its Index is “a simple alternative measure for college ROI.” It analyzes two important variables: median private donations and gifts per student over 10 years, as reported to the Department of Education; and the Alumni Participation Rate, or the percentage of graduates that give back in the form of donations to their colleges each year – regardless of the dollar amount.

According to Forbes’ Staff writer Matt Schifrin, “a return on a college education is more than just a 4-year vocational exercise.  Great colleges produce happy and successful alumni – who give back in droves.”

Forbes’ 2017 Grateful Grads Index is available at

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