Best Value Colleges for 2013 List Released by Princeton Review
The Princeton Review has released its annual list of Best Value Colleges for 2013, consisting of the country’s top 150 schools based upon academics, cost, and financial aid.
Institutional and student surveys are conducted to create the list, compiled from a pool of 650 schools in 35 states and Washington DC. Only the top 10 schools in the public and private categories are ranked.
Last year’s #1 public college, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was dethroned by the runner-up, University of Virginia. In the private category, Swarthmore College, last year’s runner-up, took the #1 spot from Williams College, now the #3 school.
The Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2013:
- 1. University of Virginia
- 2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 3. New College of Florida
- 4. College of William and Mary
- 5. University of California, Los Angeles
- 6. North Carolina State University
- 7. University of Wisconsin – Madison
- 8. State University of New York at Binghamton
- 9. University of Michigan
- 10. University of Georgia
The Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2013:
- 1. Swarthmore College
- 2. Harvard College
- 3. Williams College
- 4. Princeton University
- 5. Pomona College
- 6. Yale University
- 7. Rice University
- 8. Hamilton College
- 9. Claremont McKenna College
- 10. Grinnell College
“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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and lead author of the Best Value Colleges book. The list’s companion book has been updated to the 2013 edition and is available for purchase.
The full list, along with interactive data, can be viewed on USA Today.
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