The University of New Orleans (UNO) is among the top 100 institutions in the U.S. for Best Risk-Reward for College Students in a listing recently released by
LendEDU, a national marketplace for student loan refinancing and student loans.
UNO is listed at No. 81 out of more than 1,000 colleges, as shown by the 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) Study. The only other college in Louisiana to make the top 100 list was Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
According to the study, risk is defined as the average student loan debt per graduate. Reward is defined as the average early career pay, which is the median salary for alumni who five years or less of experience in their given fields.
CRRI measures these definitions and data by separating the reward measure from the risk measure, generating a numerical value. The analysts took CRRI data from 1,004 colleges, private and public, in the U.S.
The universities with the highest CRRI are chosen as the best risk adjusted choice for students. The schools with the lowest CRRI are named the worst risk adjusted choice for students.
UNO’s average student loan debt per graduate amounts to $18,850, with annual early career earnings amounting to $45,500.