Friends Ranked No. 44 in Nation in College Risk-Reward Indicator

Friends University has been ranked No. 44 by LendEDU’s 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) and is the only Kansas university listed in the top 250.

LendEDU compared more than 1,000 public and private four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States and ranked them in terms of average student loan debt (risk) and median early career salary (reward).

The CRRI number is calculated by dividing reward by risk. Friends University, with a CRRI number of 2.72, came out well ahead of the national average of 1.677. Friends University’s average student debt is $15,289, and the average early career pay for alumni with zero to five years of experience is $41,600.

“This ranking shows that a Friends University education is affordable and has immediate benefits upon graduation,” said Tony Lubbers, director of financial aid. “Our student debt is much more reasonable than many people assume. Combine this with the fact that many of our graduates also earn a good salary right out of college, and you can see why a Friends University education is such a great value.”

More information about LendEDU’s 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator can be found at

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.