UCCS earned a spot on Forbes.com’s “Colleges With the Best Return on Investment,” released this week. 

The school ranked No. 281, past the CU Boulder campus and much farther ahead of Colorado College, which came in at No. 1,159.

The rankings are compiled from more than a dozen measurements, including student evaluations, retention rates and post-graduation student debt. About 15 percent of the ranking comes from alumni compensation reported on the salary listing website Payscale.com.

UCCS representatives chalked up the school’s ranking to a high number of engineering graduates, who fetch a higher-than-average starting salary.