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Wofford among Princeton Review's 'America's Best Value Colleges'

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Princeton Review’s 2008 listing profiles 165 institutions 

Princeton Review 08 Best Value CollegesSPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is one of the nation’s best value undergraduate institutions, according to The Princeton Review.  The New York-based education services company features Wofford in the new 2008 edition of its book “America’s Best Value Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review).

The guide profiles 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance.  The book is on bookshelves now.

In the narrative profile on Wofford, The Princeton Review’s editors commend the college: “Wofford has consistently ranked as one of the top liberal arts schools in the South, and it has a solid reputation nationwide as well.”

“Wofford has awarded $5.4 million in need-based scholarships and grants during the 2005-2006 school year, with the average financial aid package for undergraduates at $22,401, whereas for freshmen it was $21,456,” the guide says, noting that Wofford ranks fifth in the country in the least amount of debt incurred by graduates.

“Wofford delivers a good, well-rounded education at a terrific price,” the review continues.

The Princeton Review selected the institutions in the book based on data it obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year, and its surveys of students attending the schools.  Says Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, “We considered over 30 factors to identify our ‘best value’ colleges.  They covered four areas: 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 90 public and 75 private colleges we chose for this edition offer a terrific education, plus they have impressive records of meeting students’ needs for financial aid.  We highly recommend them as America’s best college education deals for 2007.”  The Princeton Review has posted a list of its 165 best value schools on its Web site at www.PrincetonReview.com.

“America’s Best Value Colleges” has three-page profiles on the colleges and lists of the top 10 best value private colleges and the top 10 best value public colleges overall in the book.  The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book 1 to 165.  The book also has advice about applying for college admission and financial aid.  It is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual “Best 361 Colleges and Paying for College without Going Broke.”  The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services.  It is not a magazine and it is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

The Princeton Review Books media contact is Jeanne Krier, publicity director, (212) 539-1350.