Students and staff at Northwestern University are among the best in the nation at math, science, engineering, and other academic subjects, according to a new national ranking by financial aid company Kaplan.
The ranking is based on the average financial aid amount received by students, who were asked to rate each university based on their own personal characteristics.
“Our students have shown exceptional achievement in their pursuit of excellence in math, Science, Engineering, and related subjects, and they deserve a high level of support,” said Kaplan’s President and CEO, Peter J. Johnson, in a statement.
“The Kaplan College Scorecard reflects the quality of our students’ educational experiences and the importance of achieving high achievement in the academic programs we offer.”
The top five schools on the list were: Northwestern University, Arizona State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University at Buffalo.
Other schools included the University for the Performing Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of California, Los Angeles.
According to Kaplan, the students who got the highest scores on the test, in terms of their overall performance, were students from all colleges.
The average score for students in the top five is 590 out of 711, or 6.2 percent.
“This ranking confirms that our students are among those most prepared to succeed in their chosen career path and, as a result, their peers receive a level of financial support that exceeds the average family income,” Johnson said.
The average family financial aid package at Northwestern and Arizona State universities is $34,000, with Arizona State at $47,000.
For students in a given year at Northwestern, that package is $36,000 for each of the two years of attendance.
Northwestern students in general have average financial support for their degree of $56,000 compared to $46,000 at Arizona State.