SMU has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking outstanding career preparation and networking opportunities, according to The Princeton Review.
The University placed #6 among the Top 25 Best Schools for Internships and #18 among Top 25 Best Alumni Networks. It is one of 200 schools profiled by the education services company in its new book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 3, 2015).
“In this new edition of the book, we recommend the colleges we consider the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects,” The Princeton Review stated in announcing the new rankings. The Review has developed a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to create its list of the 200 colleges it profiles. ROE measures 40 weighted data points in areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.
The Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.
“An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students,” reads one excerpt from the University’s entry in the new guide. “Inside the classroom, students are greeted by ‘great’ professors who continually ‘take a personal interest in you and push you to reach higher.’ Finally, it’s not just the professors who receive terrific marks. The ‘administration genuinely care[s] about the personal growth of each individual student’ as well.”
In addition, the Review writes, “the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are ‘ample internship [and job] opportunities.’ It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair…. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.”
“We salute and highly recommend Southern Methodist University and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”