WSU Named on List of Colleges for Low-Cost, High Starting Salaries

OGDEN, Utah – Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) has ranked Weber State University as 17th nationally on its list of low-cost colleges with graduates who earn high starting salaries.

ACO reviewed four-year, fully accredited public institutions with in-state tuition of less than $5,000 per year and with graduates’ average starting salaries of more than $40,000 per year. The online organization also considered mid-career salary averages as well as the overall return on investment for the degree.

“We are very mindful of costs, and we do everything we can to spend funds prudently and to be good stewards of taxpayer and tuition dollars,” said Michael Vaughan, WSU provost.

Graduates from the most popular majors at Weber State also enter fields that have consistent employment opportunities and command strong salaries, including nursing, radiologic sciences, business administration, computer science, accounting and engineering technology.

“The vast majority, more than 90 percent, of Weber State students find employment in the state of Utah after graduation,” Vaughan said. “The fact they are able to find employment at attractive wages is an indication that Weber State is helping to meet the work force needs of Utah.”

Among the top 20 universities, Weber State ranked near the University of Florida, Idaho State University, the University of Oklahoma and James Madison University.

ACO compiled the list of schools using the following data sets: the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the U.S. Carnegie Classification and Payscale.com.

“In this climate of soaring higher education costs, prospective students should know that it’s quite possible to obtain a great education that lands them a well-paying job, but at a very affordable price,” said ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “With a total tuition investment of about $20,000, graduates from these schools leave with the skills and education needed to earn high starting salaries in great careers.”

For a complete list of ACO’s low-cost, high starting salaries colleges, visit affordablecollegesonline.org/cheap-colleges.

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.

Contact:
Michael Vaughan, provost
801-626-6006 • mvaughan@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu