The Princeton Review And USA TODAY Present The Princeton Review's List Of "Best Value Colleges For 2013"

  The Princeton Review And USA TODAY Present The Princeton Review's List Of
                        "Best Value Colleges For 2013"

- U-Virginia #1 "Best Value Public College" -- Swarthmore #1 "Best Value
Private College"

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Princeton Review today released its
annual list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges" – a project the education
services company originated in 2004 and has reported since 2009 with USA

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) The Princeton
Review designates as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more
than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid. The Company
chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted
institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12.

While The Princeton Review does not rank its 150 "Best Value" colleges
overall, it reports the top 10 schools in each group: public and private. The
University of Virginia is the #1 "Best Value Public College." Swarthmore is
the #1 "Best Value Private College." The list features schools in 35 states
and DC. California has the most colleges represented (19), followed by New
York (18), and Massachusetts (14).

The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" list appears in two free online
resources and a companion book released today. Today, The Princeton Review
posted its list and profiles of the schools at, and USA TODAY posted
an exclusive "Best Value Colleges" interactive database at a dedicated area on There, users can access
detailed information about each college and sort the list several ways
including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

The Princeton Review's companion book – The Best Value Colleges: The 150
Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (2013 Edition, Random House /
Princeton Review, $21.99, February 5) – is available now in bookstores and via
online booksellers. The 450-page book has detailed profiles of the colleges
and advice for applicants to get admitted to – and get financial aid from –
the schools.

The Princeton Review's "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2013"

1.University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
2.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3.New College of Florida (Sarasota)
4.College of William & Mary (Williamsburg VA)
5.Univ. of California – Los Angeles
6.North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
7.University of Wisconsin (Madison)
8.State University of New York at Binghamton
9.University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
10.University of Georgia (Athens)

The Princeton Review's "Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2013"

1.Swarthmore College (Swarthmore PA)
2.Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
3.Williams College (Williamstown MA)
4.Princeton University (Princeton NJ)
5.Pomona College (Claremont CA)
6.Yale University (New Haven CT)
7.Rice University (Houston TX)
8.Hamilton College (Clinton NY)
9.Claremont McKenna College (Claremont CA)
10.Grinnell College (Grinnell IA)

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and lead author,
The Best Value Colleges, "We commend these colleges for their stellar
academics and their exceptional affordability as evidenced by their generous
financial aid awards or their comparatively low sticker prices—or both."
Among the Princeton Review's "2013 Top 10 Public Best Value Colleges," the
average cost of attendance for in-state students is about $8,300 (after
deducting the average grants awarded to students with need). Among the
Company's "2013 Top 10 Private Best Value Colleges," the average cost of
attendance is about $17,600 (after deducting the average grants to students
with need).

The Best Value Colleges profiles provide information on each school's
application requirements, admission data (acceptance rates and average SAT/ACT
scores of enrolled freshmen), costs, financial aid, graduation rates, and
graduates' loan debt. The book also has profiles of 10 tuition-free
colleges. The book is one of 150 Princeton Review titles published by Random
House. Others include The Best377 Colleges, widely-known for its college
rankings in 62 categories
(, and Paying For College
Without Going Broke, the only financial aid guide with line-by-line guidance
for submitting the major aid application forms for the upcoming school year.

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review ( 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, Inc. 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.

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, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average
of nearly 1.8 million daily, and, an award-winning newspaper
website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA
TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 16 million downloads
on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).


SOURCE The Princeton Review

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