Cameron University earns berth in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2018 “Least Debt” and “Best Online MBA” rankings

Cameron University continues to excel at keeping student debt to a minimum, according to “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018.” Cameron is ranked 15th in the category of Least Debt, Class of 2016, among the 95 universities ranked in the West region of those designated as Regional Universities and is 25th among all 441 Regional Universities surveyed. Significantly, only 37 percent of Cameron’s 2016 graduates who started and completed a bachelor’s degree at Cameron incurred debt, the second-lowest percentage in the West region and sixth lowest among all Regional Universities in the nation. In addition, Cameron’s online MBA program has received recognition, with a ranking of 145 out of 255 programs.

“Our commitment to student success extends well beyond the classroom,” says President John McArthur. “In addition to providing Cameron graduates with a quality degree, we want them to start their professional lives with as much financial stability as possible. Keeping student debt low plays a crucial role in doing so.”

Two years ago, only 45 percent of Cameron degree-completing students graduated with debt. According to U.S. News Best Colleges 2018, that figure was reduced to 37 percent for the Class of 2016, which puts Cameron in the top 1.5 percent nationally for the smallest percentage of students graduating with debt. The national average at regional universities for students graduating with debt is more than 71 percent. That figure increases to 80 percent at 28 percent of regional universities nationwide.

The data utilized for the ranking include loans taken out by students from the colleges themselves; from financial institutions; and from federal, state and local governments. Parents' loans are not included.

The inclusion of Cameron’s online Master of Business Administration program marks the first time the program has received a ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. CU’s MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and, as such, is thoroughly and professional evaluated on a regular basis by an independent board of educators.

Programs were evaluated using five weighted categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.


“It’s gratifying for Cameron’s online MBA program to be recognized,” says McArthur. “Offering MBA students the option of completing the degree entirely online enables offers flexibility to those who hold full-time jobs or who are primary caregivers.” 



October 3, 2017