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  • THE PRINCETON REVIEW AND USA TODAY PRESENT THE PRINCETON REVIEW'S LIST: "BEST VALUE COLLEGES FOR 2014"

    • #1 "Best Value Public College" U-North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • #1 "Best Value Private College" Williams College

    NEW YORK, January 28, 2014 / — The Princeton Review today released its annual list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges" and its companion book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House / Princeton Review, 2014 Edition, January 28, $21.99).

    The 2014 list names 150 colleges – 75 public and 75 private – the education services company identifies as "Best Values" based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning their academics, cost and financial aid awards.

    The company reports the top 10 schools in each group – public and private – in ranked order. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the #1 "Best Value Public College" for 2014 while Williams College is the #1 "Best Value Private College." (Top 10 lists follow.) The Princeton Review lists the remaining 65 colleges in each group in alphabetical order.

    For this project, which The Princeton Review originated in 2004 and has reported in cooperation with USA TODAY since 2009, the company selects schools based on its analysis of more than 30 data points with cost data reflecting school-reported figures for 2013-14. The company also factors in data it collected over the past three academic years from its surveys of students about their satisfaction with their financial aid awards and academic experiences at their schools.

    The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" list appears in two free online resources as well as its companion book, released today. The company posted its list with profiles of the schools at http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx.

    USA TODAY posted the list in an exclusive interactive database at a dedicated area on its site at http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com. There, users can access information about each college and sort the list in useful ways including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

    The Princeton Review's book – The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In – has detailed profiles of the colleges with advice for gaining admission and financial aid from the schools. The book also includes profiles of nine tuition-free colleges.

    The Princeton Review's Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2014 are:

    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • New College of Florida (Sarasota)
    • University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
    • North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
    • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    • University of California – Los Angeles
    • University of Florida (Gainesville)
    • The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
    • Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)
    • State University of New York at Binghamton

    The Princeton Review's Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2014 are:

    • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
    • Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
    • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
    • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
    • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
    • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY)
    • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
    • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
    • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)

    Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and lead author, The Best Value Colleges, commented: "We salute these colleges for their outstanding academics and affordability either via their comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid awards to students with need—or both."

    At 65% (97) of the 150 "Best Value" colleges, the average grant to freshmen with need is more than $10,000. Among the top 10 private "Best Value" colleges, the average cost of attendance is about $17,000 after deducting the average grant to students with need. Among the top 10 public "Best Value" colleges, the average cost for in-state students is about $8,400 after deducting the average grant awarded to students with need.

    The Best Value Colleges book profiles have information on each school's financial aid offerings, cost, application requirements, average SAT/ACT scores of enrolled freshmen, acceptance rate, graduation rate, and graduates' loan debt. The book is one of 150 Princeton Review titles published by Random House. Others include The Best 378 Colleges, known for its college rankings in 62 categories >http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings<, and Paying For College Without Going Broke. It is the only annually updated book with line-by-line guidance for submitting the major aid application forms for the upcoming school year, and maximizing one's financial aid eligibility.

    The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

    About The Princeton Review
    Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

    About USA TODAY
    USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation — today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY reaches a monthly audience of more than 44 million. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

    SOURCE: The Princeton Review
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    CONTACTS
    The Princeton Review / Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350, pressoffice@review.com, or
    Kristen O'Toole, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405, kotoole@review.com
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    • Criteria
    • Project History
    • Lists of the "Best Value Colleges for 2014"
      • Alpha by State / City / School
      • Alpha by School

    • Criteria

    The Princeton Review chose the 150 schools featured in its website list and book, The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition, primarily based on data the Company gathered from its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13. Broadly speaking, the selection process involved assessments of more than 30 data points that covered three key factors: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. (Specifics follow.) The company also reviewed data from its surveys of enrolled students over the past three academic years that reported their satisfaction with their financial aid awards, and their opinions of their academic experiences at their schools. From that analysis, 650 of the 2,000 colleges made the initial cut, 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) made the final list and 10 schools in each group made the public/private colleges "best value" lists.

    Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials (e.g., average SAT / ACT score ranges and average high school GPA of enrolled freshmen) as well as survey data on how students attending the schools rated their academic experiences at them.

    Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room and board, and required fees. Cost of attendance data came from school-reported figures for 2013-14.

    Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships, or free money) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school, and the average debt of those students. Also considered was data from student surveys indicating how satisfied students at these colleges that received financial aid were with the aid packages they received.


    • Project History

    What began in 2003 as a "Best Academic Bang For Your Buck" ranking list of top 20 schools in The Princeton Review’s Best 351 Colleges guidebook evolved in 2004 in the guide's subsequent edition, Best 357 Colleges, to two ranking list categories: a "Best Bargains – Publics" and a "Best Bargains – Privates" list. In 2005, responding to growing concerns students and parents had (and still have) about paying for college, The Princeton Review expanded the project to a book titled America’s Best Value Colleges. The book profiled about 80 schools selected as outstanding for their academics and affordability. Subsequent editions of the book were published annually through 2007. In 2008, the Company redesigned and further expanded the project to identify a far larger number of "best value" schools.

    In 2009, The Princeton Review teamed up with USA TODAY as its publishing partner and made the project an online resource. Every year since, the annual "Best Value Colleges" list and school information has been available both on The Princeton Review’s website and at a dedicated area on USATODAY.com - http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com - where users can access detailed information about the schools in an exclusive interactive database.

    In 2012, The Princeton Review expanded the project yet again, reinstituting an annual companion book as a print resource while maintaining the online resources. The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House / Princeton Review Books) 2012 Edition published February 7, 2012. The 2013 Edition published February 5, 2013. The 2014 Edition published January 28, 2014.


    • List - Alpha by State / City / School

    The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges for 2014"
    The 150 colleges are in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
    New York has the most colleges (21) on the list, followed by California (18).

    Schools in italics (10) are new to the list this year.
    Schools in bold (20) are on the "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges" or "Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges" list.
    Schools with asterisks (9) are tuition-free schools: they are separately listed and profiled in the book.

    ARKANSAS
    Fayetteville / University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

    CALIFORNIA
    Berkeley / University of California – Berkeley
    Claremont / Claremont McKenna
    Claremont / Harvey Mudd College
    Claremont / Pitzer College
    Claremont / Pomona College (#10 Best Value Private College)
    Claremont / Scripps College
    Davis / University of California – Davis
    Irvine / University of California – Irvine
    La Jolla / University of California – San Diego
    Long Beach / California State University – Long Beach
    Los Angeles / Occidental College
    Los Angeles / University of California – Los Angeles (#6 Best Value Public College)
    Pasadena / California Institute of Technology
    Riverside / University of California – Riverside
    Santa Barbara / University of California – Santa Barbara
    Santa Cruz / University of California – Santa Cruz
    Santa Paula / Thomas Aquinas College
    Stanford / Stanford University

    COLORADO
    Boulder / University of Colorado – Boulder
    Colorado Springs / Colorado College
    *Colorado Springs / *United States Air Force Academy (tuition-free)

    CONNECTICUT
    Hartford / Trinity College
    Middletown / Wesleyan University
    New Haven / Yale University (#4 Best Value Private College)
    New London / Connecticut College
    *New London / *United States Coast Guard Academy (tuition-free)

    DELAWARE
    Newark / University of Delaware

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    Washington DC / Georgetown University

    FLORIDA
    Gainesville / University of Florida (#7 Best Value Public College)
    Jacksonville / University of North Florida
    Orlando / University of Central Florida
    Sarasota / New College of Florida (#2 Best Value Public College)
    Tallahassee / Florida State University
    Tampa / University of South Florida

    GEORGIA
    Athens / University of Georgia
    Atlanta / Emory University
    Atlanta / Georgia Institute of Technology

    ILLINOIS
    Chicago / University of Chicago
    Evanston / Northwestern University
    Urbana / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    INDIANA
    Bloomington / Indiana University
    Crawfordsville / Wabash College
    Greencastle / DePauw University
    South Bend / University of Notre Dame
    West Lafayette / Purdue University

    IOWA
    Ames / Iowa State University
    Grinnell / Grinnell College

    KENTUCKY
    *Berea / *Berea College (tuition-free)
    Danville / Centre College

    LOUISIANA
    Baton Rouge / Louisiana State University
    New Orleans / University of New Orleans

    MAINE
    Bar Harbor / College of the Atlantic
    Brunswick / Bowdoin College
    Lewiston / Bates College
    Waterville / Colby College

    MARYLAND
    *Annapolis / *United States Naval Academy (tuition-free)
    Baltimore / Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore / University of Maryland – Baltimore County
    College Park / University of Maryland – College Park
    St. Mary's City / St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Salisbury / Salisbury University

    MASSACHUSETTS
    Amherst / Amherst College (#9 Best Value Private College)
    Amherst / University of Massachusetts
    Boston / Boston College
    Cambridge / Harvard College (#2 Best Value Private College)
    Cambridge / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (#8 Best Value Private College)
    Needham / Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
    Northampton / Smith College
    South Hadley / Mount Holyoke College
    Waltham / Brandeis University
    Wellesley / Wellesley College
    Williamstown / Williams College (#1 Best Value Private College)
    Worcester / College of the Holy Cross
    Worcester / Worcester State University

    MICHIGAN
    Ann Arbor / University of Michigan (#5 Best Value Public College)
    Hillsdale / Hillsdale College

    MINNESOTA
    Minneapolis / University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Northfield / Carleton College
    Northfield / St. Olaf College
    St. Paul / Macalester College

    MISSOURI
    Kansas City / University of Missouri – Kansas City
    Kirksville / Truman State University (#9 Best Value Public College)
    *Point Lookout / College of the Ozarks (tuition-free)
    St. Louis / Washington University

    NEBRASKA
    Lincoln / University of Nebraska

    NEVADA
    *Dyer / *Deep Springs College (tuition-free)

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Hanover / Dartmouth College

    NEW JERSEY
    Ewing / The College of New Jersey
    Princeton / Princeton University (#5 Best Value Private College)

    NEW YORK
    Annandale-on-Hudson / Bard College
    Binghamton – State University of New York at Binghamton (#10 Best Value Public College)
    Brooklyn / City University of New York – Brooklyn College
    Buffalo / State University of New York – University at Buffalo
    Clinton / Hamilton College
    Flushing / City University of New York – Queens College
    Geneseo / State University of New York at Geneseo
    *Glen Cove / *Webb Institute (tuition-free)
    Hamilton / Colgate University
    Ithaca / Cornell University
    *Kings Point / United States Merchant Marine Academy
    New York / Barnard College
    New York / City University of New York – Baruch College
    New York / City University of New York – City College
    New York / City University of New York – Hunter College
    New York / Columbia University
    New York / The Cooper Union of College for the Advancement of Science and Art (#6 Best Value Private College)
    Oswego / State University of New York at Oswego
    Poughkeepsie / Vassar College (#7 Best Value Private College)
    Saratoga Springs / Skidmore College
    Purchase / State University of New York – Purchase College
    Stony Brook / State University of New York – Stony Brook University
    Syracuse / State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    *West Point / United States Military Academy

    NORTH CAROLINA
    Asheville / University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Boone / Appalachian State University
    Chapel Hill / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#1 Best Value Public College)
    Davidson / Davidson College
    Durham / Duke University
    Raleigh / North Carolina State University (#4 Best Value Public College)
    Wilmington / University of North Carolina – Wilmington
    Winston Salem / Wake Forest University

    OHIO
    Gambier / Kenyon College
    Granville / Denison University

    OKLAHOMA
    Norman / University of Oklahoma

    OREGON
    Portland / Reed College

    PENNSYLVANIA
    Bryn Mawr / Bryn Mawr College
    Easton / Lafayette College
    Gettysburg / Gettysburg College
    Haverford / Haverford College
    Lewisburg / Bucknell University
    Philadelphia / University of Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh / University of Pittsburgh
    Swarthmore / Swarthmore College (#3 Best Value Private College)

    RHODE ISLAND
    Providence / Brown University

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    Clemson / Clemson University

    TENNESSEE
    Knoxville / University of Tennessee – Knoxville
    Martin / University of Tennessee at Martin
    Memphis / Rhodes College
    Nashville / Vanderbilt University

    TEXAS
    Austin / University of Texas at Austin
    College Station / Texas A&M University
    Dallas / University of Texas at Dallas
    Houston / Rice University
    Houston / University of Houston

    UTAH
    Cedar City / Southern Utah University

    VERMONT
    Middlebury / Middlebury College

    VIRGINIA
    Blacksburg / Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    Charlottesville / University of Virginia (#3 Best Value Public College)
    Farmville / Longwood University
    Harrisonburg / James Madison University
    Newport News / Christopher Newport University
    Radford / Radford University
    Richmond / University of Richmond
    Williamsburg / College of William & Mary (#8 Best Value Public College)

    WASHINGTON
    Seattle / University of Washington
    Walla Walla / Whitman College

    WISCONSIN
    Eau Claire / University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
    Madison / University of Wisconsin – Madison


    • List Alpha by School

    The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges for 2014"

    Schools in italics (10) are new to the list this year.
    Schools in bold (20) are on the "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges" or "Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges" list.
    Schools with asterisks (9) are tuition-free schools that are separately listed and profiled in the book.

    Amherst College – Amherst MA (#9 Best Value Private College)
    Appalachian State University –Boone NC
    Bard College – Annandale-on-Hudson NY
    Barnard College – New York NY
    Bates College – Lewiston ME
    *Berea College – Berea KY
    Boston College – Chestnut Hill MA
    Bowdoin College – Brunswick ME
    Brandeis University – Waltham MA
    Brown University – Providence RI
    Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr PA
    Bucknell University – Lewisburg PA
    California Institute of Technology– Pasadena CA
    California State University – Long Beach CA
    Carleton College – Northfield MN
    Centre College – Danville KY
    Christopher Newport University – Newport News VA
    City University of New York – Baruch College – New York NY
    City University of New York – Brooklyn College – New York NY
    City University of New York – City College – New York NY
    City University of New York – Hunter College – New York NY
    City University of New York – Queens College – Flushing NY
    Claremont McKenna College – Claremont CA
    Clemson University – Clemson SC
    Colby College – Waterville ME
    Colgate University – Hamilton NY
    College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor ME
    College of New Jersey – Ewing NJ
    College of the Holy Cross – Worcester MA
    *College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout MO
    College of William & Mary– Williamsburg VA (#8 Best Value Public College)
    Colorado College – Colorado Springs CO
    Columbia University – New York NY
    Connecticut College – New London CT
    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (#6 Best Value Private College)
    Cornell University – Ithaca NY
    Dartmouth College – Hanover NH
    Davidson College – Davidson NC
    *Deep Springs College – Dyer NV
    Denison University – Granville OH
    DePauw University – Greencastle IN
    Duke University – Durham NC
    Emory University – Atlanta GA
    Florida State University – Tallahassee FL
    Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering – Needham MA
    Georgetown University – Washington DC
    Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta GA
    Gettysburg College – Gettysburg PA
    Grinnell College – Grinnell IA
    Hamilton College – Clinton NY
    Harvard College– Cambridge MA (#2 Best Value Private College)
    Harvey Mudd College – Claremont CA
    Haverford College – Haverford PA
    Hillsdale College – Hillsdale MI
    Indiana University – Bloomington IN
    Iowa State University – Ames IA
    James Madison University – Harrisonburg VA
    Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore MD
    Kenyon College – Gambier OH
    Lafayette College – Easton PA
    Longwood University – Farmville VA
    Louisiana State University – Baton Route LA
    Macalester College – St. Paul MN
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge MA (#8 Best Value Private College)
    Middlebury College – Middlebury VT
    Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley MA
    New College of Florida – Sarasota FL (#2 Best Value Public College)
    North Carolina State University – Raleigh NC (#4 Best Value Public College)
    Northwestern University – Evanston IL
    Occidental College – Los Angeles CA
    Pitzer College – Claremont CA
    Pomona College – Claremont CA (#10 Best Value Private College)
    Princeton University – Princeton NJ (#5 Best Value Private College)
    Purdue University – West Lafayette IN
    Radford University – Radford VA
    Reed College – Portland OR
    Rhodes College – Memphis TN
    Rice University – Houston TX
    Salisbury University – Salisbury MD
    Scripps College – Claremont CA
    Skidmore College – Saratoga Springs NY
    Smith College – Northampton MA
    Southern Utah University – Cedar City
    St. Mary's College of Maryland – St. Mary's City MD
    St. Olaf College – Northfield MN
    Stanford University – Stanford CA
    State University of New York at Geneseo – Geneseo NY
    State University of New York – Binghamton NY (#10 Best Value Public College)
    State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Syracuse NY
    State University of New York – Oswego NY
    State University of New York – Purchase College – Purchase NY
    State University of New York – Stony Brook University – Stony Brook NY
    State University of New York – University at Buffalo – Buffalo NY
    Swarthmore College – Swarthmore PA (#3 Best Value Private College)
    Texas A&M University – College Station TX
    Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula CA
    Trinity College - Hartford CT
    Truman State University – Kirksville MO (#9 Best Value Public College)
    *United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs CO
    *United States Coast Guard Academy – New London CT
    *United States Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point NY
    *United States Military Academy – West Point NY
    *United States Naval Academy – Annapolis MD
    University of Arkansas – Fayetteville AR
    University of California – Berkeley CA
    University of California – Davis CA
    University of California – Irvine CA
    University of California – Los Angeles CA (#6 Best Value Public College)
    University of California – Riverside CA
    University of California – San Diego CA
    University of California – Santa Barbara CA
    University of California – Santa Cruz CA
    University of Central Florida – Orlando FL
    University of Chicago – Chicago IL
    University of Colorado – Boulder CO
    University of Delaware – Newark DE
    University of Florida – Gainesville FL (#7 Best Value Public College)
    University of Georgia – Athens GA
    University of Houston – Houston TX
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Urbana IL
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Baltimore MD
    University of Maryland, College Park – College Park MD
    University of Massachusetts – Amherst MA
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor MI (#5 Best Value Public College)
    University of Minnesota –Twin Cities – Minneapolis MN
    University of Missouri – Kansas City MO
    University of Nebraska – Lincoln NE
    University of New Orleans – New Orleans LA
    University of North Carolina at Asheville – Asheville NC
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill NC (#1 Best Value Public College)
    University of North Carolina – Wilmington NC
    University of North Florida – Jacksonville FL
    University of Notre Dame – South Bend IN
    University of Oklahoma – Norman OK
    University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia PA
    University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh PA
    University of Richmond – Richmond VA
    University of South Florida – Tampa FL
    University of Tennessee at Martin – Martin TN
    University of Tennessee – Knoxville TN
    University of Texas at Austin – Austin TX
    University of Texas at Dallas – Dallas TX
    University of Virginia – Charlottesville VA (#3 Best Value Public College)
    University of Washington – Seattle WA
    University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire WI
    University of Wisconsin – Madison WI
    Vanderbilt University – Nashville TN
    Vassar College – Poughkeepsie NY (#7 Best Value Private College)
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Blacksburg VA
    Wabash College – Crawfordsville IN
    Wake Forest University – Winston Salem NC
    Washington University – St. Louis MO
    *Webb Institute – Glen Cove NY
    Wellesley College – Wellesley MA
    Wesleyan University – Middletown CT
    Whitman College – Walla Walla WA
    Williams College – Williamstown MA (#1 Best Value Private College)
    Worcester State University – Worcester MA
    Yale University – New Haven CT (#4 Best Value Private College)



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