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Which is the "best" state school in New England?

There are many factors that make a school "the best" for a given student. However, many clients ask me how New England's flagship state universities compare academically. To answer that question objectively, I created the table below which compares the six state universities in New England across seven categories that help indicate the quality of the students, education, and experience at a college. The categories I compared are as follows: Six year graduation rate as listed in Naviance. Freshman retention rate as listed in Naviance. National university rank according to US News. The percentage of students who were in the top 10% of their high school class from collegedata.com The average fr

URI: Great campus and facilities. Is it right for your student?

Date of visit November 2017 Reviewer Eric Stutman, Top Choice College Consulting School visited U. Rhode Island, Kingston, RI Vital stats 14,000 undergrads, 44% male, 16:1 student:faculty ratio. Public, suburban/rural, founded in 1892. 44% of students from outside Rhode Island. 82% freshman retention rate. 59% 6-year graduation rate. 77% acceptance rate. 30-40% acceptance rate for Nursing program. US News ranked #156 in national universities. Cost of attendance: $45,000 (out of state). 25% get merit aid. Getting there Kingston is about an hour and a half drive from Boston, and about a 25 minute drive from Providence, RI. Surrounding area Kingston has no real town center. A few restaurants ar