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Wofford again among Princeton Review's 50 Best Values

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2010-01-12

Only SC private college on list, presented also by USA TODAY

SPARTANBURG, S.C.
– Wofford College again is one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies. The Princeton Review teamed with USA TODAY, the nation’s most widely read print newspaper, to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2010.”

The list which features 100 schools – 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities – posted Jan. 12 on the Web site of The Princeton Review and USA Today. Of the 50 institutions chosen in each category (public and private), the top 10 are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order and unranked.

Wofford is the only South Carolina institution on the private colleges list.  The college has been on previous “best value” lists issued by The Princeton Review, and consistently lands on other such lists in various national college guides and publications, such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and U.S. News & World Report.

In its profile of Wofford on USA TODAY’s Web site, the editors at The Princeton Review commend the school for a faculty that is “well regarded,” adding that “classes are kept small” with a faculty-to-student ratio of 1 to 11. Also, “particularly noteworthy is a summer institute for professional development, where students mix professional development exercises with problem-solving activities at locally based corporations.”

In the section called “Bang for your buck,” The Princeton Review says:

“Wofford awards nearly $6 million in need-based scholarships and grants, with the average financial aid package for undergrads at almost $23,000. Roughly 80 percent of those who apply for need-based aid receive it, and of those that receive it, about 85 percent of their financial need is met. Wofford also offers a range of merit-based scholarships, so make sure to check their (Web site) for a crack at each and every one. In fact, several Wofford co-curricular programs carry major scholarship stipends. These include 60 Bonner Scholar awards for students who are willing to make a substantial commitment to service-learning activities.”

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its “Best Value” choices for 2010 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-09 academic year.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher, says, “We know many families and students have serious concerns about paying for college in these tough economic times. Among the nearly 16,000 respondents to our 2009 ‘College Hopes and Worries Survey,’ of college applicants and parents, 85 percent said financial aid would be ‘very necessary’ for them this year. However, there are many first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid, including some that may surprise applicants. We’re pleased to have again teamed up with USA TODAY to identify and commend the 100 colleges that do just that and do it best in the nation.”

Visitors to The Princeton Review Web site (at www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx) and USA TODAY Web site (at www.bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com) can access the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private “Best Value” colleges. USA TODAY’s site features a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.

The Princeton Review previously reported annual “Best Value” public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its Web site and in its book, “America’s Best Value College,” which was published from 2004 to 2007.

About The Princeton Review:
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, college and graduate school admission services, books, and education programs. The company is also known for its annual college, business and law school rankings reported on its site and in its books in several categories based on surveys it conducts of higher education institutions and of students attending the schools. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.