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New Book, ‘Is College Worth It?’

is-college-worth-itLATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College is identified as one of 43 “Schools Worth Attending” and “offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, with particularly strong programs in politics and theology” in a new book by former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett.

Saint Vincent, one of eight private schools listed, is described as “set in one of the most scenic areas of Pennsylvania.” It is noted that Saint Vincent “offers generous scholarships for undergraduates: a 3.0 grade point average and 1000+ on the SAT will qualify you for $15,000 per year.”

“Is College Worth It?” by New York Times best-selling author Bennett and David Wilezol offers “clear-eyed analysis and practical advice that goes far beyond glossy admissions brochures and convoluted financial aid paperwork.”

“The American system of higher education comprises some of the best universities, professors and students the world has ever seen,” the authors note in the introduction to the 278-page publication. “Over time, having a college degree has become synonymous with success. It has long been considered the path to a better, higher-paying job, the best way to make connections and propel a career and a status symbol. These are deeply ingrained ideas and millions of students in America and around the globe want nothing more than to attend an American university.”

Of the 43 schools the authors declare to be worth attending, seven are religious schools, four are termed elite, seven are technical and engineering schools, ten are state schools, eight are private schools, four are military schools and three are for-profits.

Saint Vincent is the only Catholic college and the only Pennsylvania college on the private colleges list. The others, in alphabetical order, are Amherst College (Mass.), Baylor University (Texas), Furman University (S.C.), Hillsdale College (Mich.), Howard University (D.C.), Newberry College (S.C.), and Spelman College (Ga.).

“Saint Vincent College is honored to be included in this new book by Dr. Bennett,” commented Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College. “He visited Saint Vincent in the spring of 1998 to give our commencement address. He is very familiar with the academic curriculum and public programs offered by our Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government. We appreciate his recognition of our efforts to provide educational programs of the highest quality in nearly 50 major areas of study and to communicate Catholic, Benedictine values both in the classroom and in numerous extracurricular activities.”

The authors’ goals are to identify which colleges offer a good return on investment and how student loan debt impacts real-world finances. They use personal experience, statistical analysis and real-world interviews to provide answers to what they describe as “some of the most troubling social and economic problems of our time.”

Is College Worth It? was released by Thomas Nelson publishers and is available through all major book retailers. Further information is available at