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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely-known education services companies. The Princeton Review has teamed with USA TODAY, the nation's most widely-read newspaper, to present The Princeton Review's "Best Value" Colleges list for 2009.
The "Best Value" colleges list, reported in the January 8th print edition of USA TODAY, and on PrincetonReview.com/bestvaluecolleges and BestValueColleges.usatoday.com, features a total of 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.
In its profile of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering on USA TODAY's website, the editors at The Princeton Review said, "Small, innovative, and populated with bright go-getter engineers, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering may well be the most dynamic undergraduate institution in the country."
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.
Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publisher, "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."
Visitors to The Princeton Review's and USA TODAY's websites can access the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private "Best Value" colleges. USA TODAY's site, bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com, features 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 website and in its book, America's Best Value Colleges, which was published from 2004 to 2007.