Bryan boasts affordability in rankings

October 2, 2014

Bryan boasts affordability in rankingsOct. 2, 2014 — In another ranking published this month by U.S. News & World Report annual, arguable the most-cited source for college rankings, recently ranked Bryan College no. 7 in the list of Best Value Schools in the South.

The Best Value Schools is calculated based on three variables: quality-price ratio, need-based aid, and average discount. Bryan College ranked no. 7, with 73.7% of undergraduate students receiving need-based grants and an average post-need-based-grant cost of $17,920.

“Word is out about Bryan—” President Stephen Livesay said about the ranking, “this is not just a great place to study but is also a great value to students and their parents.”

Director of Financial Aid David Haggard was excited about the ranking, but not surprised: “Bryan has been an exceptional value for a long time. It combines academic excellence, a meaningful student experience, low price and generous financial aid that few other colleges can match.”

He continued, “We have attempted to keep tuition low while increasing scholarships and grants to deserving students who want to be a part of this amazing community. It one thing to say you are a great value but it is especially nice to be recognized by a leader in college rankings.”

This news comes on the heels of another positive ranking from U.S. News & World Report, as Bryan was recognized among the South’s top 25 schools overall, ranking no. 22.

To discover how affordable a Bryan education can be, interested students are encouraged to complete a financial aid estimator.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;


*The ratio of quality to price is calculated based on the school’s overall 2015 Best College rankings score, the net cost for the average student receiving needs-based financial aid, and comprehensive fee for tuition, room and board, fees, books, and additional expenses, according to the ranking website.  Need-based aid counts as the percentage of all undergraduate students receiving need-based financial aid.  Average discount is the percent of total sticker costs covered by need-based aid.  All of these factors are calculated based on information from the 2013-2014 academic year.