U.S. News Releases List of Colleges that Leave Graduates with the Most Debt

U.S. News & World Report, which does an annual ranking of best colleges and universities (see the 2015 list here), has used the data it collected for that report to take a closer look at student debt. This month U.S. News released a list of the 10 colleges that leave graduates with the most debt from student loans.

According to data reported by schools to U.S. News, students that graduated from Loretto, Penn.-based St. Francis University in 2013 carried more debt than any other 2013 graduating class. Almost 88 percent of the graduating class took out loans, and those students graduated with an average of $50,275 in debt. According to U.S. News, of the students who graduated in 2013, 68 percent took out student loans, and the average debt load was $27,666.

The other schools in the top 10 were The Citadel (60 percent borrowed an average of $48,862), Anna Maria College (92 percent, $48,750); Rockford University (89 percent, $45,577), Le Tourneau University (77 percent, $44,584), Quinnipiac University (71 percent, $44,552), Mount Ida College (85 percent, $43,860), Centenary College (79 percent, $43,200), College of St. Scholastica (76 percent, $43,113) and Abilene Christian University (66 percent, $42,585).

In creating this list, U.S. News only included schools that also appeared in its various rankings. Unranked schools were not considered. View the full story here.

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