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Press Release for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Princeton Review Names UNF Among Nation’s 2014 Best Value Colleges

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

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of North Florida is among the nation’s Top 75 “Best Value Colleges,” according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies.

The 2014 list names 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—the education services company identifies as “Best Values” based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning academics, cost and financial aid rewards.

“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.

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 six Florida public universities in the state to be featured on the annual list, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, New College of Florida and University of South Florida.
“We salute these colleges for their outstanding academics and affordability either via their comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid awards to students with need,” 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, “Best Value Colleges for 2014.” The list is posted today on the websites of The Princeton Review and USA TODAY

In addition to academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, The Princeton Review also reviewed data from its surveys of enrolled students over the past three academic years that reported satisfaction with their financial aid awards and opinions of academic experiences at their schools.

Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials (e.g., average SAT/ACT score ranges and average high school GPA of enrolled freshmen) as well as survey data on how students attending the schools rated their academic experiences. Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room and board as well as required fees. Cost of attendance data came from school-reported figures for 2013-14.

Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants, 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. Another consideration was data from student surveys indicating how satisfied students that received financial aid were with the aid packages they received at these colleges.

The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve 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.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2014, U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs, Top Colleges in Florida: Shaping the Next Generation by College Database, Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review’s Best in the Southeast and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.

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.