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Last modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009

IU selected by Princeton Review as a "Best Value"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University is one of just three Big Ten universities included among the 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to the widely-known education services company, the Princeton Review.

Also listed in the Top 50 were Purdue University and the University of Michigan. No other public or private universities in Indiana were selected. Of the 50 schools chosen in the "best value" category, only the top 10 were ranked and the remaining 40 schools -- which included all three Big Ten institutions -- were listed in alphabetical order and unranked.

"As Indiana's flagship public university, this world-renowned school is a deal for in-state students," editors wrote in their description of the university. They also praised the university's efforts to provide financial aid to students.

"IU works hard to provide its students with aid, giving an impressive 79 percent of freshmen financial help and meeting 68 percent of their need," they reported. "On top of the standard federal and university loan options, institutional employment is also available. There are also many scholarship opportunities available for in-state and out-of-state students, with qualifications ranging from SAT and GPA requirements to a scholarship offered to all high school valedictorians."

"Such national recognition for Indiana University's efforts to provide a high value along with a quality educational experience is rewarding," said Roger Thompson, IU vice provost for enrollment management. "It was especially noteworthy that they recognized IU's creative efforts in providing financial aid and thus keeping an IU degree accessible to talented students."

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.

The Princeton Review partnered with USA Today to present the survey and complete results are available online at BestValueColleges.usatoday.com and http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx.