Cameron University earns berth in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 “Least Debt” rankings

Cameron University continues to excel at keeping student debt to a minimum, according to “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015.” Cameron is ranked 11th in the category of Least Debt, Class of 2013, among the 136 universities surveyed in the West region of those designated as Regional Universities and is 28th among all 620 Regional Universities surveyed. Significantly, only 30 percent of the Cameron graduates who started and completed a bachelor’s degree at Cameron incurred debt, the lowest percentage in the West region and sixth lowest of all Regional Universities.

“Unlike the majority of colleges and universities across the nation at which the percentage of students graduating with debt is frequently 70 percent and sometimes exceeds 90 percent, only 30 percent of our students graduated with debt,” says Cameron University President John McArthur. “This demonstrates Cameron’s efforts to provide an excellent education at an amazing value. It also reflects the generosity of scholarship donors in southwest Oklahoma to help our students achieve their academic goals.”

This year, Cameron increased university scholarships and resident tuition waivers by 9 percent over last year. Since academic year 2001-02, Cameron has increased resident tuition waivers and scholarship funding by 320 percent, from $756,000 to this year’s $2,419,000.

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 17, 2014

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