Featured on newsstands, America's Best Value Colleges profiles 165 colleges for their excellence in academics, generous financial aid packages and providing relatively low costs of attendance to its students.
"Now more than ever, students expect value when it comes to investing in their education," said James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota. "We're grateful to be honored as one of 'America's Best Value Colleges' not just for our affordability but, more importantly, for our quality." of education."
In its profile of The University of South Dakota, Princeton Review's editors praised the school's programs in media, law, political science, business and pre-health majors as "highly regarded" and that USD "gives its students plenty of opportunity to learn hands-on, closely interact with faculty and explore textbook material as it applies to real life."
The Princeton Review selected schools for the book based on data obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year and its surveys of students attending the schools.
"We considered more than 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 and student borrowing," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing. "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 also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its Web site at www.PrincetonReview.com, where it lists facts about the book, and features advice about applying for college admission and financial aid. The Princeton Review is a New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services.