USF on Princeton Review's 2009 List of 50 "Best Value" Public Colleges

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2009) - The University of South Florida is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review.  The “Best Value” colleges list features a total of 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.


Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition In its profile of USF, the editors at The Princeton Review noted the university’s competitive programs in pre-med, communication, engineering, environmental science, psychology and Honors College, as well as the diverse student body and presence in the Tampa Bay business community.


“We are proud to be recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top universities that provides an excellent academic experience that remains accessible to students during these trying economic times,” said USF President Judy Genshaft.  “Cost is often a factor when students select which college to attend, so it is affirming to know that USF students can have a top education without undue financial burdens.”


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: list 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 1 to 10, and the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order and unranked.


"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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publisher.


The Princeton Review and USA TODAY have established websites with the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private “Best Value” colleges and a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.


The Princeton Review previously reported annual "best value" public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its Web site and in its book, "America's Best Value Colleges," which was published from 2004 to 2007.


About the University of South Florida:

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008.  The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


About The Princeton Review:

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company known for its test-prep courses, college and graduate school admission services, books, and education programs.  The company is also known for its annual college, business and law school rankings reported on its site and in its books in several categories based on surveys it conducts of higher education institutions and of students attending the schools.  The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.


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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs