Princeton Review Best Value Colleges 2011

Swarthmore College is again the "Best Value Private College for 2011", according to the Princeton Review and USA Today. This is the third straight year in which the College has been recognized with this distinction. The Princeton Review selected its "Best Value" choices for 2011 based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. Schools were chosen based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance and financial aid.

In its 2011 annual college rankings of best bargains, The Princeton Review places College of William and Mary at 7th among its top public universities. In addition, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed the College fourth among the magazine’s list of 100 best values for public universities.

North Carolina State University is ranked 9th among the top 10 best value public colleges for 2011. In addition, the 2010-11 special report from Kiplinger ranks NC State as the nation’s 15th-best value among all public colleges and universities, a ranking that rises to 13th when focused specifically on out-of-state students.

The top 5 best value public colleges (2011):
1 University of Virginia (Charlottesville VA)
2 New College of Florida (Sarasota FL)
3 University of Florida (Gainesville FL)
4 State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton NY)
5 Univ. of Georgia (Athens GA)

Top 5 Best Value Private Colleges (2011):
1. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore PA)
2. Duke University (Durham NC)
3. Princeton University (Princeton NJ)
4. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena CA)
5. Harvard College (Cambridge MA)

* Suggested Reading: Kiplinger's Best Value Public Colleges