Is college worth the price?

“Is college worth it? A Georgetown study measures return on investment — with some surprising results.”

(This question is relevant in the US where college can be $50,000 per year or more.)

Some of the results will come as no surprise: Among the top 10 colleges with the best long-term net economic gain are Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Forty years after enrollment, bachelor’s degrees from private colleges have the highest returns on investment.

But the top three on the top 10 list — eclipsing MIT and Stanford — are schools specializing in pharmacy and health sciences. The only two public schools to make that top 10 list are maritime academies.

You can search for schools on this page — pharmacy and maritime academies tend to rank especially well: