Auburn again ranked No. 1 university in state of Alabama by Money, Niche

Published: August 31, 2020
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Auburn University has once again ranked among the best colleges in the nation and remains the best choice for students in the state.

Niche—a national online source of school ratings and reviews—named Auburn the No. 1 Best College in Alabama once again in its 2021 Best Colleges in America list. In addition, Money also listed Auburn as tops in the state, based on value, in its 2020 Best Colleges in America ranking.

Money spent months evaluating data of more than 700 four-year colleges for its rankings, including affordability, quality of education and graduates’ earnings potential. Money specifically referenced Auburn’s student success, listing the university’s 78 percent graduation rate.

No other university in the state of Alabama came close to Auburn’s ranking with Money, which examined quality of education, affordability and outcomes as its criteria for determining a best value college. For affordability, Money looked at the net price of a degree, affordability for low-income students, debt and students’ ability to repay that amount and student loan repayment measures.

As for Niche’s rankings, Auburn received an overall grade of A, scoring well in such categories as academics, value, student life, professors and campus food. Niche—which utilizes reviews from more than 180,000 students when compiling its list—ranked Auburn No. 1 in the state for biology, education and psychology majors as well.

The Niche Best Colleges ranking was based on a rigorous analysis of academics, admissions and financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compared more than 1,000 top colleges and universities in the U.S.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.