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Princeton Review names
Carolina nation’s top ‘best value’

Carolina ranks as the nation’s number one "best value" university, according to The Princeton Review and its new book, "America’s Best Values Colleges." The book profiles 77 schools the education services company chose for their outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition and fees and generous financial aid packages.

Other schools making the book’s top 10 list were: Amherst College, City University of New York's Brooklyn College, Rice University, Bates College, Grinnell College, Southwestern University, University of Texas at Austin, Lake Forest College and Claremont McKenna College.

The Princeton Review compiled the list and book based on quantitative and qualitative data gathered from administrators at more than 500 universities and colleges and student surveys. The book profiles public and private colleges and universities in 35 states and the District of Columbia and includes advice on applying to the colleges for admission and financial aid. Carolina was one of three N.C. campuses included in the book.

Book editors say they considered academic factors including the quality of the students the schools attract – as measured by admissions credentials – as well as how students rated their academic experiences. Cost considerations were tuition, required fees and room and board. Financial aid factors included grants and scholarships awards, amount of financial need fully met by the campus and the average debt among students.

The Princeton Review annually surveys more than 100,000 college students for its "Best 351 Colleges," issued each August, and more than 3,000 college applicants and their parents for its "College Hopes & Worries Survey," reported each March.

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Link: The Princeton Review, "America’s Best Values Colleges,"
http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/bestvalue/default.asp