College Factual gives W & M high marks for highest-paid grads in parks, recreation

TROY, NY (09/17/2015)(readMedia)-- The College of William and Mary has been ranked #6 among 426 colleges nationwide in Highest Paid Grads in Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies by College Factual (, a trusted resource that uses customizable tools and outcomes-based rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process.

A number of factors were used to determine these rankings, including how well the institution retains and graduates students, the average loan debt per student, the boost in expected earnings, the percentage of full-time teachers, and the average student loan default rate.

In addition to College of William and Mary's placement in Highest Paid Grads in Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, the institution also scored well in Highest Paid Grads in Mathematics and Statistics, earning a #13 spot out of 816. Both of these reflect the institution's high quality of education as compared to other schools on the list, which includes both research universities and liberal arts colleges.

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"We publish a variety of college rankings to get students and parents focused on key factors they need to consider when choosing a school," says Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual. "How long it will it take you to graduate? 4 or 6 years? What will your expected earnings be, and how does that compare? What's the risk of student loan default? These are tough questions any prospective student should be asking and we highlight these factors throughout our ranking process."

With a focus on providing sought-after data and unique decision-making tools, College Factual puts the college rankings process in the hands of students and parents and not those of institutions or national publications.

College Factual's ranking system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education, nationally mandated data reporting for institutions, and Payscale.

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