The University of Delaware has been named one of the 75 "best value" public institutions of higher education in an annual list released by The Princeton Review.

UD a 'best value'

Delaware among 'best value colleges' selected by Princeton Review

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12:52 p.m., Feb. 5, 2013--The University of Delaware has been named one of the 75 “best value” public institutions of higher education in an annual list released Tuesday by The Princeton Review.

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges -- 75 public and 75 private -- that The Princeton Review designates as "best values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid.

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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. 

While The Princeton Review does not rank its 150 "best value" colleges overall, it reports the top 10 schools in each group. The University of Virginia tops the list for public colleges and Swarthmore for private colleges.

The Princeton Review list can be found online, and USA Today also has posted an exclusive interactive database. There is also a 450-page companion book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In, which is now available.

"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.

In a section titled “The Bottom Line,” it is noted that “the cost of attending the University of Delaware is comparatively cheap, especially if you are from Delaware.” The section highlights UD’s Commitment to Delawareans, which “works to make a UD education affordable to all qualified state residents.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine had named UD a best value.

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