Edsmart.org has ranked Pacific Union College in its list of the top 19 Best Christian Colleges in California, listing PUC at number 10.
As the website says in its preamble to the rankings list, “There is a level of comfort found in attending a college or university that supports an individual’s fundamental values.” PUC provides a place for students to gain not only a quality education, but also the opportunity to engage with other young people, professors, and community members who share their Christian values.
EDsmart assesses colleges based on four main areas:
Affordability (average net price)
Academic quality (graduation rate)
Student satisfaction (retention rate)
Salary after attending (the median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at ten years after entering the school)
They collect their data from the U.S. Department of Education, College Scorecard, and College Navigator.
"PUC has excellent professors, compassionate staff, and outstanding students—and they all help to create a vibrant community of faith and learning,” says Milbert Mariano, academic dean at PUC. “We are proud of our campus, and it’s great to be recognized among the best Christian colleges in California."
Coming in ahead of Vanguard University of Southern California, San Diego Christian College, and La Sierra University, PUC scored a 96.6. Only one of the 19 schools on the list scored a perfect 100.
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