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Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges

Last week, The Princeton Review published their “Best Value Colleges” list.  To determine which schools would make the cut, they used academic, cost of attendance and financial aid factors.  However, as with any ranking, it is important to take the information presented and use it to enhance your college search.  Although tempting, do not base too much of your opinion about a school on a ranking that it has received.

For a quick recap of the list, watch the segment produced by The Today Show.


Here is a breakdown of the top 5 public and private colleges:

Top 5 Best Value Public Colleges

1. University of Virginia

2. New College of Florida

3. University of Florida

4. SUNY at Binghamton

5. University of Georgia


Top 5 Best Value Private College

1. Swarthmore College

2. Duke University

3. Princeton University

4. California Institute of Technology

5. Harvard College


Katherine Price

Educational Consultant

Reader Interactions


  1. I am trying to find a music college or university that has online classes. Berklee is out, because they don’t give full tuition to student aid recipients. Every time I Google for this info, I’m just given a list of online colleges like Kaplan, Devry, etc., none of which offer music degrees. Can you help? Thank you so much.

  2. Dear Noel,
    Many colleges have online classes. Are you looking for an online degree only? Keep in mind that most colleges with online programs do not offer “full tuition” to anyone. These are generally money-makers for the colleges in questions (especially the for-profit ones like Kaplan and DeVry). In order to help you, we’d need to know a lot more about your goals and your constraints. If you’re looking for a consultant to guide you through the process, give us a holler! We love working with musicians!
    Good luck!

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