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Press Release for Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Princeton Review Names UNF Among Best Value Colleges in the nation for 2013

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


For the third consecutive year, 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 in 2009 and in 2007.

We take great pride in being nationally recognized by some very elite organizations for delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value,” 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.”

While The Princeton Review doesn’t rank its 150 “Best Value” colleges overall, it reports the top 10 schools in each group: public and private. 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.


“We commend these colleges for their stellar academics and their exceptional affordability as evidenced by their generous financial aid awards or their comparatively low sticker prices—or both,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and lead author of “The Best Value Colleges.”


The Princeton Review teamed with USA TODAY to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2013.” 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 .


The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid. The company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12.


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.

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.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.