• The Princeton Review
    The Princeton Review

With the ever-rising cost of college, high-school students, undergraduates, and their parents are understandably worried about whether the universities they’re hoping to attend or are currently investing in will provide a sound return on tuition, fees, room, and board. But today, The Princeton Review again included Southwestern in its 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.

In addition to appearing among the 200 Best-Value Colleges, Southwestern University currently ranks #18 in the nation among Best Schools for Internships, which is based on students’ ratings of being able to attain valuable professional development at paid and unpaid positions both on campus and off. SU is one of only two schools in the Southwest making the list. The University also ranks #3 in the nation for Best Schools for Making an Impact, which is based on students’ perceptions of the University’s community-service opportunities, student government, commitment to sustainability, and on-campus student engagement. The Princeton Review has previously ranked SU among its Best 384 Colleges, #7 in the nation for Best Career Services, a best college in the Western region of the U.S., and a Green College. 

The educational-services company selected this year’s 200 outstanding institutions of higher education based on data from its surveys of administrators, students, and alumni at more than 650 colleges in 2017–2018. The questionnaire covered topics such as cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, career services, academics, and alumni support. The Princeton Review also factored in data from alumni who shared information about their starting and midcareer salaries and job satisfaction.

“Only 7% of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into this book,” noted Robert Franek, the book’s lead author and The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “We salute Southwestern University and all of our Best Value Colleges. They stand out for their stellar academics and generous aid awards to students based on need and/or merit. They also provide their undergrads with career services from day one, plus strong networks of alumni connections.”

The 2019 guide includes several lists, including the unranked titular 200 as well as the ranked Top 50 Best-Value Colleges, the Top 25 Best-Value Colleges for Students with No Demonstrated Need, and the ranked top 25 schools in five other categories: Best Financial Aid, Best Career Placement, Best Alumni Network, Best Internships, and Best Impact. Southwestern’s profile at The Princeton Review’s website is available here.