The 2013 list identified 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—deemed “Best Values” based on assessments covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Both institutional and student surveys were conducted for this project in 2011-12.
While the Princeton Review does not rank its 150 “Best Value” colleges overall, it does report the top 10 schools in each group: public and private. And the entire list appears in two free online resources including an interactive database at a dedicated area on USA TODAY. A 450-page companion book—The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What it Takes to Get In—contains detailed profiles of the colleges and offers advice for applicants on admissions and financial aid.
Here are the top 10 best-value public colleges for 2013 (descriptions courtesy of Princeton Review).
Disclosure: Nancy Griesemer is a member of the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board, 2012-2013.