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Sacred Heart University Deemed a ‘Remarkable Value’

New England Journal of Higher Education bases its determination on numerous variables

The New England Journal of Higher Education says a Sacred Heart education is a great buy for students

The NEJHE is a publication of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which promotes educational opportunities and services for New England residents. Journal staff use data published by Boston magazine and the NEBHE to examine the tuition at private universities in New England to determine which ones offered the best value.

The NEJHE piece hailed SHU as a “remarkable value,” based on a specific methodology that took many variables into consideration. These included percentage of acceptance, student-to-faculty ratio and, the most influential variable, the percentage of freshman in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

According to the findings, “For each 1 percent higher the percentage of freshmen in the top 25 percent of their class, the price in tuition rises. For each 1 percent higher the percentage of applicants accepted (less selective), the price declines. And for each one student higher the student-to-faculty ratio is (larger class sizes), the price declines.”

The article also said the methodology does not identify lower-priced schools as “good values.” Many schools are priced “appealingly” because their “independent quality factors justify the high prices,” the journal article noted.