UD among nation's 50 'best value' public universities
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3:31 p.m., Jan. 8, 2009----The University of Delaware is one of the nation's 50 "best value" public colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely known education services companies.

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The Princeton Review has teamed with USA Today to present The Princeton Review's "best value" colleges list for 2009.

The “best value” colleges list is reported in the Jan. 8 print edition of USA Today, and on The Princeton Review and USA Today Web sites.

It features a total of 100 schools in all -- 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

In its profile of the University of Delaware, the editors at The Princeton Review said, “An impressive student faculty ratio of 12 to 1 means students have access to small classes, 95 percent of which are taught by full-time faculty.”

Editors added, “University of Delaware students also benefit from a series of signature academic programs, including the First Year Experience, which allows students to meet others in their major, and the highly selective Honors Program.”

They also cited the University's robust service learning, study abroad and undergraduate research programs.

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "best value" choices for 2009 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. Tallies were made using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2007-08 academic year.

Of the 50 schools chosen in each "best value" category (public and private), the top 10 are ranked in order while the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order and unranked.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president-publisher, said, "We have always believed finding the 'best fit' college should be the foremost goal for student applicants and their families. But the economic crisis and financial downturn have presented sobering challenges both to families struggling to afford college and to higher education institutions struggling to maintain their programs in the face of budget and funding shortfalls. We are pleased to partner with USA Today to present these schools for all they are doing to provide outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid.”