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    DU Ranked as an Affordable School with Degrees That Pay Off for Graduates

    Duquesne University has been selected as one of Pennsylvania's most affordable colleges, and one of the 81 institutions in the state whose degrees provide the most value over the graduate's lifetime.

    In a ranking released today, AffordableCollegesOnline.org says that Duquesne and others on the High ROI College list "enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years and earn more on average than graduates from other Pennsylvania schools."

    According to the ranking, Duquesne graduates enjoy a $490,900 return on the investment in their college education over their lifetimes.

    These calculations were based upon data compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics, the federal entity that collects data related to education; the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, a the primary federal source for data on post-secondary schools in the nation; the Carnegie Classification, a widely used framework to make distinctions among institutions and their research activities; and PayScale.com, a salary data collection organization.

    In the first year of its rankings, AffordableCollegesOnline.org analyzed 402 institutions in the state and selected 81 public and private institutions for the list. Criteria included being a fully accredited, four-year, degree-granting institution. Calculations included using the university's tuition and fee expenses, graduates' average starting salaries and return on investment (ROI) calculation, and PayScale's 2013 College Value Report.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.