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UW-River Falls Named a 'Top 100 Best Value College' by Educate to Career

October 17, 2016 -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been named a "2017 Top 100 Best Value College" in the most recent Educate to Career (ETC) College Rankings Index. The ETC Index analyzes the profile of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college, and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market.

"Using our outcome-focused methodology, the Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the over 1000 colleges ranked within our system, unlike other rankings that rate colleges based on the academic caliber of their students," said Michael Havis, president of Educate To Career. "Educate to Career considers its ETC College Rankings Index to be the most authentic college rankings index available. We rank colleges based on the added value that they bring to their graduates in terms of the increase in employability and earnings that their grads derive from attending the college."

UW-River Falls was ranked number 26 by ETC, placing it in the top three percent of the College Rankings Index. The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of accredited four-year colleges, with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students. The Index analyzes data for more than 1,000 colleges, representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges.  

Educate to Career, a California based non-profit, provides outcome-based college and career planning tool programs. The full ETC College Rankings Index, including the methodology used to evaluate colleges, is available at

Founded in 1874, UW-River Falls is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System. Located on 226 acres of rolling land, just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, UWRF is a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research, and sustainability. The university's mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.

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