Press Release for Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Princeton Review Names UNF A 'Best Value' College

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida is the nation’s No. 5 best value public college, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features UNF on its "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges" ranking list and profiles the University in the 2007 edition of its book, “America’s Best Value Colleges,” which went on sale today. The book has profiles of 150 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. It includes103 public and 47 private colleges in 40 states.

UNF beat out the University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Texas & University, University of California and the University of Oklahoma. The No. 1 ranked best value public college went to New College of Florida in Sarasota.

The Princeton Review compiled the ranking list and chose the colleges for the book based on data the company obtained from administrators at 646 colleges and its surveys of students attending them. "We considered over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: academics, tuition GPA (the 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,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing, The Princeton Review. “We recommend the 150 schools in this book as America's best college education deals for 2006."

“America’s Best Value Colleges” has three-page profiles on the colleges, ranking lists of the top 10 best value colleges and top 10 best value private colleges in the book as well as advice about applying for college admission and financial aid. The Princeton Review is an education services company not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

For a complete list of schools, go to