Fairfield University among 77 colleges nationwide selected for the Princeton Review College Guide, "America's Best Value Colleges"


Fairfield University is one of the nation's 77 "best value" undergraduate institutions, and the only one in Connecticut, according to The Princeton Review's just-released America's Best Value Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, March 30, 2004, $15.95). The book is a guide to colleges with outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition & fees, and generous financial aid packages. It includes public and private colleges and universities in 35 states and D.C.

Dr. Orin Grossman, academic vice president at Fairfield, said he was very pleased that Fairfield was recognized by the New York-based education services company. "We have this balancing act of working to provide our students with a very high quality education while still making Fairfield accessible to all talented students, regardless of income. This isn't always easy to achieve, so this recognition is particularly gratifying."

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on its analysis of quantitative and qualitative data the company obtained from administrators at over 500 colleges, and surveys of students attending them. Says Robert Franek, Asst. V.P. / Admissions Services, The Princeton Review, "We identified over 30 factors by which we rated the colleges in three categories: Academics, Tuition, and Tuition GPA: the sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants. The 77 schools we chose for this book may not be the least costly colleges in America, but they are all great education deals. We highly recommend them to students and parents seeking the best academic bang for their buck."

America's Best Value Colleges has three-page profiles on the colleges, advice about applying for admission and financial aid, and a ranking list of the "Top 10 Best Value Colleges" overall. It is one of over 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review is known for its test-prep, education, and college and grad school admissions services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 1, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 250