Lakeland University is ranked fourth among all Wisconsin colleges and universities in the just-released 2019 Best College & University Rankings by the personal-finance website WalletHub.
WalletHub compared 951 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: 1) student selectivity; 2) cost & financing; 3) faculty resources; 4) campus safety; 5) campus experience; 6) educational outcomes; and 7) career outcomes.
Lakeland is also one of five Wisconsin schools ranked in the top 100 in the Midwest.
Recognizing the challenge of predicting future outcomes, WalletHub’s Best Colleges ranking also analyzes post-attendance metrics — the student-loan default rate and the share of former students outearning high school graduates, for instance — to show the value of the education students can expect to receive beyond their undergraduate studies.
Lakeland took major steps to address student debt this year by introducing its Cooperative Education program. Co-op students will earn wages working for local corporations, and can use that money to pay their tuition, thus reducing post-graduation tuition debt. The students will also graduate with 12-18 months of professional work experience and invaluable connections.
WalletHub data collected is relevant to undergraduate students only.
Wisconsin's Top 10 includes: 1) University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2) Milwaukee School of Engineering; 3) Ripon College; 4) Lakeland University; 5) Marquette University; 6) Cardinal Stritch University; Q Carroll University; 8) Viterbo University; 9) St. Norbert College; 10) Edgewood College.