Baruch College Named to The Princeton Review's List of "Best Value Colleges for 2014"
Baruch College is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Baruch College in its book, The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition (Random House / Princeton Review) and on a special area on its website.
Baruch College received a rating of 68 for its “Quality of Life,” 75 for “Academics,” 95 for “Admissions,” and 72 for “Financial Aid.” In addition, the average student debt of Baruch College graduates is very low when compared to the other colleges listed by Princeton Review. At $9,949, Baruch’s average student debt is the sixth lowest on the list, excluding military academies.
The Best Value Colleges, subtitled “The 150 Best-Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In,” profiles 75 public and 75 private colleges the Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on the Company’s surveys of 2,000 colleges and universities in 2012-13.
In its profile of Baruch College, the book's editors at The Princeton Review say Baruch’s location and connections provide a “gateway to the world of finance,” and with many student citing its low cost relative to other schools in the area and “large amount of students have full scholarships or heavy financial aid,” Baruch is widely considered “the best college value in New York City.”
Editors also wrote, “Between demanding academic standards, the professional opportunities at their fingertips, and the bustling energy of Manhattan, Baruch students are hardcore self-starters and high achievers.”
The selection process analyzed school-reported information across more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid as well as data from The Princeton Review’s surveys of students at the schools over the past three academic years.
Of the 75 schools in each group (public and private schools), The Princeton Review names 65 in alphabetical order (Baruch College is among them) and the top 10 colleges in ranked order. Nine tuition-free schools are also profiled in the book.
“We commend Baruch College and all of our ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their outstanding academics,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher. “Equally impressive are their efforts to be affordable to students with need, either via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both.”
In 2013, Baruch College was also recognized for its access, value and excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Magazine, Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck,” PayScale’s “College Education ROI Rankings,” and “Top 100 Obama Scorecard Colleges.”
USA TODAY, Princeton Review's publishing partner for this project since 2009, has posted information about the book and list at a special area on its site at: http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com. There, users can access an exclusive interactive data base to find detailed facts about each college and sort the list several ways including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.
The Princeton Review is also known for its annual school rankings and profiles in its book, The Best 378 Colleges, published in August, and its books, The Best 295 Business Schools and The Best 169 Law Schools, published in October. The Company also profiles schools in its Guide to Green Colleges, an annual free downloadable book published in April in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (http://www.usgbc.org).
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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