Princeton Review rates UW-Madison a top value

Feb. 5, 2013

by Käri Knutson

UW-Madison was named one of the nation's best values in higher education by the Princeton Review, ranking seventh among public colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review says the best value colleges for 2013 — a group of 150 colleges and universities — were identified because of their excellent academics, generous financial aid and/or relatively low cost of attendance.

“Giving our students an affordable education has always been a priority,” says UW-Madison Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. “We continue to work toward keeping costs down while offering a high-quality education from our world-class institution.”

The Princeton Review used cost, academics and financial aid data from surveys of school administrators, as well as student assessments of professors and financial aid awards, to compile the list.

"We commend UW-Madison and all of our extraordinary 2013 'Best Value Colleges' for their stellar academics and for all they are doing to make their colleges affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.

The full list of best value institutions, which includes 75 public universities and colleges and 75 private schools, is available at the Princeton Review and USA Today, and intended as a guide for students seeking the best value for their money.

The University of Virginia was named the nation’s best value among public colleges and universities while Swarthmore College was the top private college.

UW-Madison has consistently been recognized by the Princeton Review as a best value and was ranked fifth last year.