Cameron University continues to excel at keeping student debt to a minimum, according to “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016.” Cameron is ranked 21st in the category of Least Debt, Class of 2014, among the 89 universities ranked in the West region of those designated as Regional Universities and is 46th among all 618 Regional Universities surveyed. Significantly, only 44 percent of Cameron’s 2014 graduates who started and completed a bachelor’s degree at Cameron incurred debt, the third- lowest percentage in the West region and 10th lowest among all Regional Universities.
“At the majority of regional universities across the nation, the percentage of students graduating with debt is frequently 70 percent, and at some schools, that figure can be as high as 90 percent,” says President John McArthur. “At Cameron, we strive to make a high quality college degree affordable. This is evidenced by a significantly lower percentage of students graduating with debt. Our efforts would not be possible without the generosity of scholarship donors in southwest Oklahoma.”
This year, Cameron increased university scholarships and resident tuition waivers by 5 percent. Since academic year 2001-02, Cameron has increased resident tuition waivers and scholarship funding by 336 percent, from $756,000 to this year’s $2,539,000.
U.S. News & World Report has been compiling data and publishing “Best Colleges” for more than 25 years. Cameron University is included in the West region of the Regional Universities category, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. In tabulating debt load, the report includes loans taken out by students from colleges, private financial institutions and federal, state and local governments. Parents’ loans are not included.
September 15, 2015