• Donald Tetto

The New York-based education services company named Southwestern to its “Top 10 Best Value Colleges” ranking list which appears in The Princeton Review’s recently-published book, America’s Best Value Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review). The book is a guide to 77 colleges with outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition & fees, and generous financial aid packages. It includes public and private colleges and universities in 35 states and D.C.

Other Texas schools named to the “Top Ten Best Value Colleges” list include Rice University (#4) and the University of Texas (#8). The University of North Carolina tops this year’s list, followed by Amherst College in Massachusetts and City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. Other colleges named to the top ten include: Bates College in Maine (#5), Grinnell College in Iowa (#6), Lake Forest College in Illinois (#9) and California’s Claremont McKenna College (#10).

The Princeton Review ranking of schools for the “top 10” list and its selection of the 77 colleges in the book are based on its analysis of quantitative and qualitative data the company obtained from administrators at over 500 colleges and surveys of students attending them. Says Robert Franek, assistant vice president for admissions services at The Princeton Review, “We identified over 30 factors by which we rated the colleges in three categories: Academics, Tuition, and Tuition GPA: the sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants. The schools we chose for this book may not be the least costly colleges in America, but they are all great education deals. We highly recommend them to students and parents seeking the best academic bang for their buck.”

America’s Best Value Colleges has three-page profiles on the colleges and advice about applying for admission and financial aid. It is one of more than 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review is known for its test-preparation, education, and college and graduate school admissions services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.