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Princeton Review names ASU a 'Best Value' public college


January 12, 2010

Arizona State University is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely known education services and test preparation companies. The Princeton Review teamed with USA Today, the nation's most widely read print newspaper, to present its list, "The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2010."

The list, which features 100 schools in all – 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities – posted Jan. 12 on the Web sites of The Princeton Review and USA Today. Of the 50 schools chosen in each category (public and private), the top 10 are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order and unranked.

The editors at The Princeton Review call ASU “a leading research institution and a dynamic public university” and commend it for its “outstanding honors college” and leadership in entrepreneurial education. Contributing to its best value ranking are ASU’s tuition and financial aid commitments.

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "Best Value" choices for 2010 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-2009 academic year.

"We know many families and students have serious concerns about paying for college in these tough economic times," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/publisher. (Eighty-five percent of respondents to the "College Hopes and Worries Survey" said financial aid would be "very necessary" for them this year.) "However there are many first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid, including some that may surprise applicants. We’re pleased to have again teamed up with USA Today to identify and commend the 100 colleges that do just that and do it best in the nation."

The Princeton Review previously reported annual "Best Value" public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its Web site and in its book, America's Best Value Colleges, which was published from 2004 to 2007.  

The USA Today site features a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.