ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University is ranked as one of the nation’s best value undergraduate institutions according to the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review’s “America’s Best Value Colleges.”
The guide (Random House / Princeton Review, $18.95) went on sale April 24. It profiles 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance. “A generous institutional scholarship program, combined with state merit-and need-based programs make Winthrop an affordable option for students,” according to the Princeton Review's editors.
The Princeton Review selected the schools based on data obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges, and its surveys of students attending the schools. Editors considered more than 30 factors to identify “best value” colleges, divided into four areas: academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), financial aid (how well colleges meet students’ financial need) and student borrowing. The list was pared down to 90 public and 75 private colleges.
Winthrop’s three-page profile can be found online. Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, books and college and grad school admissions services.
Winthrop stands out for its inclusion in several national magazines in their annual college rankings for value, including Barron’s Best Buys and Consumers Digest. “Our repeated appearances in such lists demonstrate that hard work by our faculty and staff to offer a good education at a reasonable price for our students,” said Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio.