Forbes Singles Out Westminster as a 2019 Best Value College

Westminster College earned a significant ranking recently when Forbes listed it as a “Best Value College” for 2019. The magazine highlighted the designation in an Editor’s Pick” article on April 24 titled “America’s Best Value Colleges 2019: The Definitive Guide for Those Looking for an Excellent Return on Investment.”

The story cites the “Best Value” designation as highly important for most college seekers in light of skyrocketing costs in higher education and recent nationwide college bribery and cheating scandals.

Forbes boils down the reasons why finding a Best Value College can be the primary deciding factor when sorting through college choices. It cites a 200 percent increase in costs within one generation along with an average of nearly $30,000 in student debt as reasons to look for more affordable options in higher education.

Add in a cumulative debt of $1.5 trillion nationwide, and Forbes says students in the United States are finding that being slapped with “a big price tag for a college diploma that favors the affluent has a very human cost.”

Referred to as a “definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on one of the most important investments of their lives,” Westminster College is among only 300 colleges and universities on the list.

In addition to the noteworthy Best Value ranking, Westminster also earned a “Top College” ranking by Forbes for the fourth consecutive year. The ranking takes into account student experience, academic success, amount of student debt, graduation rate, and overall graduate success.

The recent Forbes accolades come as no surprise to the College — Westminster consistently is listed as a good return on investment by national publications, including U.S. News & World Report, which names Westminster a top liberal arts college nationally. In addition, Westminster is one of only two liberal arts colleges in Missouri to achieve a national liberal arts ranking in U.S. News & World Report. Similarly, Washington Monthly lists the College as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Other national ranking organizations single out Westminster as a stellar college. According to, 97 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months after graduation. And overall graduate earnings surpass salaries of those who graduated elsewhere: Westminster graduate earnings are in the top 15 percent of all college graduate salaries nationwide, according to

Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a small, premiere, private liberal arts college nestled in the hills of central Missouri. The College focuses on educating and inspiring young leaders to change the world.

Westminster specializes in helping all students find their unique purpose. Experiential learning opportunities such as internships, independent research, professional presentations, and community service are interwoven into the student experience.

To learn more about Westminster College, visit our website here.



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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.