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N.J. university is a standout for disadvantaged students, new ranking finds

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CollegeNet's new “social mobility index,” which aims to identify the best colleges for low-income students, is turning traditional college rankings on its head.

Really.

The top three colleges on U.S. News & World Report’s esteemed college rankings, Princeton, Harvard and Yale, come in 360th, 438th and 440th, respectively.

But second on this new list of college rankings is New Jersey’s own Rowan University, which was given credit for an annual tuition of $12,380 and an average salary of $43,500 for recent graduates.

Of the university’s 10,951 students, 70.7 percent qualify as “disadvantaged,” CollegeNet said.

Rowan finished behind only Montana Tech, University of Montana, in the ratings, and just ahead of No. 3 Florida A&M.

The study covers 539 institutions, excluding hundreds as a result of using third-party data as opposed to numbers obtained directly from colleges themselves.

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