FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/28/06)
Princeton Review Includes Centenary College in its America's Best Value Colleges: 2007
Centenary College of Louisiana is included in a new book released today,
America's Best Value Colleges: 2007 Edition, which lists 150
colleges and universities. The following news release is from Princeton
Profiles 150 Colleges Offering Great Education at Relatively Low Cost
College Cost Facts: The average cost to attend a public college or university for four years is now $48,500. At a private college, it's $116,000. At highly selective schools, it's about $160,000. That's for tuition, fees, room and board, and that's if sticker prices don't go up over the next three years. Odds are they will. Tuition and fees soared 7.1 percent this year at public four-year colleges. At privates, they jumped 5.9 percent.*
With college costs going through the roof (and some parents mortgaging the house to pay them), many families are shopping for schools that are bargains. But identifying them isn't simple. That's why The Princeton Review in 2004 created its annual guidebook, AMERICA’S BEST VALUE COLLEGES, now out in the 2007 Edition (Random House / Princeton Review, March 28, 2006, $18.95 paperback).
Based on data The Princeton Review obtained from administrators at 646 colleges and surveys it conducted of students attending them, the new 2007 edition recommends 150 colleges offering excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. It has three-page profiles on the colleges, advice on getting into the schools and getting financial aid from them, and ranking lists naming the book's "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges" (New College of Florida in Sarasota is #1) and "Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges" (Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is #1).
Says Robert Franek, VP-Publishing, The Princeton Review, “We use over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: Academics, Tuition GPA (sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need), and Student Borrowing.
The 150 schools that met our criteria for this edition include 103 public and 47 private colleges in 40 states. They range from large state universities to small, liberal arts colleges, and include little-known gems, specialty schools, and some colleges that are tuition-free."
The three-page Centenary College profile in the book covers:
AMERICA'S BEST VALUE COLLEGES also includes general advice on
applying to colleges, getting in to them, and finding funding for them.
Its first 60 pages discuss: factors to consider when choosing a college;
“Paying for College 101” (a crash course on applying for financial
aid), and "What Colleges Want" (an insider look at how admission
officers evaluate applicants). The book is one of over 200 books developed
by The Princeton Review** and published by Random House. The line also
includes Paying for College Without Going Broke, Best 361 Colleges
and several additional college guides, plus guides to college admission
and placement exams, grad schools and grad school admission tests, and
books on careers.
AMERICA’S BEST VALUE COLLEGES: 2007 EDITION
*According to The College Board “Trends in College Pricing”
survey reported October 2005.
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