Indiana State listed among nation's 'Best Value Colleges'

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
March 28, 2006

Saying "no one gets lost in the shuffle at Indiana State University" and citing its "private school feel," the Princeton Review has named ISU one of the nation's "best value" undergraduate institutions.

The New York-based education services company features Indiana State in the 2007 edition of its book, "America's Best Value Colleges," which goes on sale today. Only a select group of 150 of the nation's more than 3,000 colleges and universities made this year's list. Institutions were selected based on a combination of excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs.

At Indiana State, "students can expect to find a welcoming student body, a large variety of course offerings, and professors who are happy to see you in class and just as happy to make time to meet with you outside the classroom. Their passion for teaching makes the experience a good one," the book's editors write. "Students here come in all ages and colors and have a reputation for tolerance."

The Princeton Review selected the "best value colleges" based on data the company obtained from administrators at 646 colleges, and its surveys of students attending them. The book includes both public and private colleges in 40 states.

"We considered over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus the average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), financial aid, and student borrowing. We recommend the 150 schools in this book as America's best college education deals for 2006," said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for the Princeton Review.

The publication notes that Indiana State's tuition is the lowest of all the state's public, doctoral-research institutions; and the university offers plentiful need-based and merit-based aid, with need-based aid awarded to 95 percent of all students who qualified for aid during 2004-05.

Selection of Indiana State as a Princeton Review "best value college" follows two years in which the university was named to the publication's "Best in the Midwest" list of colleges and universities.

Known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and graduate school admissions services, The Princeton Review is an education services company not affiliated with Princeton University.

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Contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu