SUU Named to Princeton Review’s “America’s Best Value Colleges”

Published: June 01, 2006 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University is one of the nation’s best value undergraduate institutions according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the school in the new 2007 edition of its book, America’s Best Value Colleges.

“This is wonderful news for us,” says assistant to the president, Dean O’Driscoll, “especially coming on the heels of the Consumers Digest ranking that placed us among the top 10 best values in the nation a year ago.”

The guide profiles 150 colleges with excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. It includes 103 public and 47 private colleges in 40 states. The Princeton Review chose the colleges for the book based on data the company obtained from administrators at 646 colleges, and its surveys of students.

Executive Director of Enrollment Management Stephen Allen exclaims, “This is really a nice compliment to our previous ranking with Consumers Digest, where that ranking relied heavily on an outside source looking at us. This ranking uses a lot of input from current students who are living the SUU educational experience.”

Says Robert Franek, VP of Publishing at The Princeton Review, "We considered over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: Academics, Tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need), and Student Borrowing. The Princeton Review posted a list of the schools in the book on its website, on March 28.

The book contains a three-page profile on each colleges; lists of the top 10 best value private colleges and the top 10 best value public colleges; and, advice about applying for college admission and financial aid. It is one of more than 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual Best 361 Colleges.

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