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TCNJ named to Princeton Review’s list of 50 “Best Value” Public Colleges for 2011

EWING, NJ … TCNJ is one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies. The Princeton Review teamed with USA TODAY, one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers, to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2011.”

The list, which features 100 schools in all — 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities — posted on February 22 on the websites of The Princeton Review ( ) and USA TODAY ( ).

The list features 100 schools in all — 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities – and was posted today on the websites of The Princeton Review and USA TODAY. TCNJ is the only public institution in the state to make the list, and is one of only two New Jersey schools to be recognized – Princeton University made the list for “Best Value” private institutions.

Students at The College of New Jersey get the best of both worlds. While this small college offers the intimate liberal arts education you’d usually associate with a private school, it is operated by the state of New Jersey and therefore maintains an affordable tuition.

The Princeton Review chose the schools as its “Best Value Colleges for 2011” based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. The methodology examined more than 30 factors using data from the Company’s surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges with strong academic programs. Most of the data analyzed came from surveys conducted from fall 2009 through fall 2010: all cost and financial aid data came from fall 2010 surveys.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP/Publishing, “While a college education is undeniably a valuable investment, paying for college is challenging for most parents. Among the 12,000 respondents to our 2010 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey’ of college applicants and their parents, 86 percent told us financial aid would be ‘very necessary’ to foot the bill. For them and for all families seeking academically outstanding colleges that have been exceptional at meeting their students’ needs for financial aid, we’re pleased to have teamed up with USA TODAY to identify and recommend these 100 institutions as ‘Best Value’ colleges.”

USA TODAY’s site features a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.

The Princeton Review previously reported annual “Best Value Colleges” lists on its website and in its book, America’s Best Value Colleges, published from 2004 to 2007. The Company is also known for its college, business, and law school rankings in several categories it reports on its website and in its books. They too are based on the Company’s surveys of higher education institutions and of students attending the schools.