Pitt Is Only Pa. Public School in Princeton Review-USA TODAY “Best Value Colleges for 2013” List

Issue Date: 
February 11, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh is the only Pennsylvania public college or university included in The Princeton Review’s annual national “Best Value Colleges” list, released Feb. 5—a project the education services company originated in 2004 and has reported since 2009 with USA TODAY.  This is the third consecutive year The Princeton Review has included Pitt among its “Best Value Colleges.”

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) that The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid. The Company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12. 

The Princeton Review's “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources and in a companion book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools, also released Feb. 5. 

“We commend these colleges for their stellar academics and their exceptional affordability as evidenced by their generous financial aid awards or their comparatively low sticker prices—or both,” said Princeton Review Senior Vice President and Publisher Robert Franek, lead author of The Best Value Colleges.

In its profile of Pitt in The Best Value Colleges, The Princeton Review describes the University as “an academic powerhouse” and “one of Pennsylvania’s premier institutions,” and it features a pullout quote—“Being in the middle of everything with the greatest people you can find”—under the heading, “Why Students Love Pitt.” The book’s Pitt profile also praises the University for establishing “a number of fantastic programs that enhance (and encourage) learning beyond the classroom,” including the Outside the Classroom Curriculum program, the Co-Op Engineering Education Program, the “stellar” University Honors College, and PITT ARTS.

In its section featuring student comments, the profile on Pitt states that the University “has done quite a job amassing a group of highly content students. … Pitt manages to foster a ‘friendly’ atmosphere that often feels ‘truly electric.’” “[D]espite being a large school, Pitt still ‘values each individual student and makes everyone feel welcome and accepted.’ Moreover, undergrads note Pitt’s great reputation and say that it is most definitely warranted.” Students “are also full of praise for their professors, citing that they are ‘brilliant’ and ‘caring.’ … As one pleased student happily sums up, ‘I’ve had nothing but great experiences here, and I would never go anywhere else.’”

The Princeton Review has posted its list and profiles of the schools at www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx, and USA TODAY has posted an exclusive “Best Value Colleges” interactive database at a dedicated area on USATODAY.com: http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com. There, users can access detailed information about each college and sort the list by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

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