The northeastern region is home to many of the nation’s top public universities. This list ranks the top public universities in each state in the northeastern region by their 30 year net return on investment (ROI). The schools are listed in order of lowest to highest 30 yr net ROI for in-state students.
The criteria for inclusion in the list was that each school must be the top ranked school in its state according to U.S. News and World Report.
The purpose of this list is to allow students to compare and contrast the average 30 year net ROI of the top public university in each state for in-state and out-of-state students. For a detailed explanation of the methodology we used to compile and rank the list, click here.
#11. University of Maine
The focus of the University of Maine is on offering a strong traditional education at an affordable price. The school boasts more than 88 bachelor’s degree programs, and the library at the school is one of the top ranked in the United States. The undergraduate honors program is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded programs, allowing honors students to be heavily involved in significant research starting at the undergraduate level.
U.S. News Ranking: #92
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $568,000
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $502,900
#10. University of Vermont
Founded in 1862, the University of Vermont is one of the only universities left in the northeast that provides students the opportunity to focus on agriculture in depth, being also the state agricultural college. You can read more about the University of Vermont on our list of the Top 20 Ranked Up and Coming Universities With the Best Return on Investment (ROI).
U.S. News Ranking: #34
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $568,800
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $492,000
#9. University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire
This university puts a special emphasis on diversity. UNH is a public research university and is a part of the President’s Commission on the status of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Issues; the Status of People of Color; the Status of Women; and the Status of People with Disabilities. The school is the top ranked in the state of New Hampshire and one of the top ranked public research universities in the United States.
U.S. News Ranking: #44
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $604,700
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $547,100
#8. University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst is the flagship university of the Massachusetts State University System, and the highest ranked public university in the state by U.S. News and World Report. While the university doesn’t actually have the highest ROI of a public university in the state,the ROI from UMass Amherst is still quite competitive with that of the top universities in other states. UMass Amherst has a great reputation for being one of the best public universities in the U.S.
U.S. News Ranking: #40
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $701,500
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $651,200
#7. University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
The largest university in the state of Rhode Island, URI has a student-centered focus that intentionally creates a friendly, safe, and intimate atmosphere. One of the benefits of attending URI is that students are within easy driving distance of both New York City and Boston, providing access to those centers of culture and business, without the high costs and difficulties often associated with living in major cities.
U.S. News Ranking: #81
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $714,000
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $642,600
#6. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
State College, PA
Penn State boasts the highest ranking for a public university in the northeastern region. Penn State is an enigma. The school accepts a majority of applicants, and the main campus has over 40,000 students, yet the quality of education remains remarkably high.
Penn State also made our list of the Top 25 Ranked Engineering Programs with the Best Return on Investment (ROI) 2014.
U.S. News Ranking: #8
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $789,300
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $739,200
#5. University of Connecticut
This university is one of the few schools thought of as a “public ivy,” meaning the quality of education offered is comparable to that of ivy league schools. The University of Connecticut is one of the most highly regarded public universities in the United States. This research university strives to provide students every possible resource in their pursuit of knowledge and success.
U.S. News Ranking: #19
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $833,800
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $767,300
#4. University of Delaware
The University of Delaware is also known as a “public ivy.” This is a remarkable achievement considering that the school is roughly eight times more accessible, according to acceptance rate, than that of your average ivy league school. The University of Delaware is also unique as it is funded as a state school but is privately chartered.
U.S. News Ranking: #31
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $837,600
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $777,500
#3. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Rutgers University is a well regarded public research university in New Jersey. One of the most interesting statistics one sees when examining Rutgers is that the return on investment for out of state students is only $48,700 lower than that of in state students. This is the lowest difference between the two numbers in the northeastern region.
U.S. News Ranking: #25
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $886,500
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $837,800
#2. University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, Maryland
Though 75.9% of students hail from the state of Maryland, this school is still a strong choice for out of state students as well, boasting one of the highest return on investments for out of state students among public universities in the country.
U.S. News Ranking: #21
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $934,800
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $866,900
#1. Stony Brook University-SUNY
Stony Brook, New York
It comes as no surprise that the highest ROI for both in and out of state students in the northeastern region comes from the state of New York. The state university system in New York is well known to be one of the best in the United States. Stony Brook, NY is located on Long Island Sound, making it well positioned for students who wish to study in close proximity to one of the world’s major financial centers.
U.S. News Ranking: #34
In State 30 Year Net ROI: $1.02 Million
Out of State 30 Year Net ROI: $989,100
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