Of the 82 colleges offering graduate degrees in North Carolina, St. Andrews made the 2021 list of the top 14 best value MBA programs. BestValueSchools.org takes the highest quality colleges and ranks them with consideration to cost. Rankings are first based on multiple factors including student-to-faculty ratio, student resources, total enrollment, and graduation rate. Consideration is also given to availability of online programs for the flexibility students today prefer. St. Andrews, with a tuition of $27,946 ranked a better value than Wake Forest (tuition $55,440), UNC Greensboro ($22,490), and UNC Chapel Hill ($66,270).
How does St. Andrews as a whole rank in terms of value? Of the 179 colleges in North Carolina, BestValueSchools.org lists the 43 best value choices (including community colleges). There St. Andrews ranks #31 with a cost of $335 per credit hour. Wake Forest made #36 at $900 per credit hour, followed by High Point University at #39 charging $955 per credit hour. William Peace University ranked #32, followed closely by Elizabeth City State University at #33.
Laurie Nederveen graduated from St. Andrews in 1993, but returned in recent years to earn her MBA. She concurs with this ranking and the idea that St. Andrews has a program with valuable flexibility. “During my enrollment, I worked as a recruiter for MBA program while I ran my business,” explains Laurie. “The flexibility to work and take classes in addition to the student ratio, schedule, and affordability was perfect for my needs and easy to promote to prospective students. The resources were very SA-like . . . individualized support was what helped me succeed.”