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Press Release for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Princeton Review Names UNF Among Best Value Colleges for 2012

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida is among the nation’s Top 75 “Best Value” public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies. UNF was also named a “Best Value” public college by the Princeton Review last year as well as in 2009 and in 2007.

“UNF has been recognized by some very elite organizations and is showing up on nearly every national college ranking,” said UNF President John Delaney. “In addition to the University’s strong academic programs, UNF just makes financial sense and has one of the lowest tuition rates in the country.”

UNF was the only Northeast Florida institution of higher learning to make the list and is among only five universities in the entire state to be featured on the annual list, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and the New College of Florida.

The Princeton Review teamed with USA TODAY to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2012.” The list, which salutes 150 undergraduate schools in all—75 public and 75 private colleges and universities—is posted today on the websites of The Princeton Review and USA TODAY

In the profile of the University, Princeton Review editors say students can get bang for their buck at UNF, citing that the University “ r ewards academically talented high school students with several merit-based scholarships” and in addition to merit-based scholarships, “UNF also provides many awards on the basis of demonstrated financial need.” The 2011 incoming class was awarded $3.3 million in scholarships, including a $10,000 Presidential Scholarship, which is given to freshmen who meet minimum test score and GPA requirements. Also, a $20,000 Academic Scholarship is given to freshmen who are National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Finalists.


“We commend UNF and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offering generous aid to applicants with financial need—all while maintaining excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and lead author of its “Best Value Colleges” book.


The Princeton Review chose the 150 schools on its Best Value Colleges for 2012 list based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from fall 2010 through fall 2011 at 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. Broadly speaking, the selection process took into account a wide range of data that included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance and financial aid.

Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials as well as how students rated their academic experiences. Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room and board and required fees. Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships, or free money) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school and the average debt of those students. Also included was survey data on how satisfied students were with the financial aid packages they received.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving 10 other national designations, including the following:

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12
  • No. 19 Best Buy College, Best College in America and Best College in the South, all by Forbes Magazine
  • Best College in the Southeast, Best Value Public College and a top “Green” College by Princeton Review
  • Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report
  • Military Friendly School
  • 100 “Coolest Schools” by Sierra magazine

The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, , the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for and learn how to pay for higher education.