For the second consecutive year The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been named one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions by The Princeton Review.
The New York-based education services company features UNCP in the 2008 edition of its book, America's Best Value Colleges (Random House, Princeton Review, $18.95), which hit the newsstands and bookstores on April 24. The company draws data from student surveys and information supplied by the institutions.
The guide profiles 165 colleges and universities with excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs of attendance. In its narrative profile on UNCP in the book, students told Princeton Review’s editors that “the greatest strength of (the University) is the size.” Students extolled the “small class sizes” that allow “professors as well as staff to be on a first-name basis with many of the students.”
“The professor-student relationships are extraordinary and the class sizes are small,” students said in surveys. “This adds to the charm of UNCP. It always gives you a good feeling when you can stop by your professor’s office to have a friendly chat anytime you wish.”
Regarding campus life, students said the school pitches in by providing “a lot of things for students to do in their spare time. They put on a lot of events free of charge to students,” such as “speakers, plays, movies, dances, self-defense classes, and general ‘help me’ courses in finding a job, etc.,” so “undergrads can have an opportunity to have a campus life.”
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said it is an honor to be on The Princeton Review’s list.
“We’re pleased to be on The Princeton Review’s list of ‘best value’ colleges and universities for the second year,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Because The Princeton Review is an independent company which uses student surveys to make their ratings, this is all the more important.
“Our staff and faculty work hard to deliver value,” he continued. “This report is a good report card and a challenge for the future.”
The Princeton Review selected the schools for the book based on data it obtained from more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year, and its surveys of students attending the schools.
Robert Franek, vice president for publishing at The Princeton Review said, “We considered over 30 factors to identify our ‘best value’ colleges. They covered four areas: academics, tuition, (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), GPA, financial aid (how well colleges meet students’ financial need), and student borrowing.
“The 90 public and 75 private colleges we chose for this edition offer a terrific education, plus they have impressive records of meeting students' needs for financial aid,” he continued. “We highly recommend them as America’s best college education deals."
The Princeton Review posted a list of its 165 best value schools on its site www.PrincetonReview.com on April 24.
America's Best Value Colleges has three-page profiles on the colleges and lists of the top 10 best value private colleges and the top 10 best value public colleges overall in the book. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book. The book also has advice about applying for college admission and financial aid. It is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual Best 361 Colleges and Paying for College without Going Broke.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services. It is not a magazine and it is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.