April 5, 2004

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KU claims another 'Best Value' ranking, plus new 'Best in Midwest' citation

LAWRENCE -- The words "University of Kansas" and "Best Value" continue to be synonymous as KU once again has been named to a select list of universities recommended for their "outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition and fees, and generous financial aid packages."

This week, KU was one of the 77 "Best Value" undergraduate institutions in the nation named to the Princeton Review's "America's Best Value College" list. KU also was named one of the "Best in the Midwest," one of the 150 schools profiled in the Princeton Review's first edition of "The Best Midwestern Colleges."

In other recent rankings:

 • Kiplinger's magazine put KU at 22nd in the nation for in-state students and 26th in the nation for out-of-state students for universities offering "an excellent education for a reasonable price."

 • The Fiske Guide placed KU among 22 public university best buys for "quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost."

 • Kaplan's college guide based on a national survey of guidance counselors cited KU as an "excellent and affordable choice for Midwestern students" and a "Best Value" in the country.

 • College Board's "Trends in College Pricing" report found that KU's tuition is 13 percent below the national average and that KU student housing offers rates nearly 20 percent below the national average for public universities and a full third less than private universities.

For its rankings, the Princeton Review compiled the list and book based on quantitative and qualitative data it obtained from surveys of students and from administrators at more than 500 colleges, of which 77 schools were recommended to parents and students.

"The 77 schools we chose for this book may not be the least costly colleges in America, but they are all great education deals," said Robert Franek, assistant vice president for admissions services at the Princeton Review. "We highly recommend them to students and parents seeking the best academic bang for their buck."

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its books, test-prep courses, college and graduate school admission services, and K-12 education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

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