Rhodes Makes The Princeton’s Review’s “Best Value” List

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Publication Date: 1/13/2009

Rhodes College has been named one of The Princeton’s Review’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges for 2009. The Princeton Review released the list January 8 in the USA TODAY that includes 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution. Administrators and students at more than 650 institutions were surveyed.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review publisher, “The economic crisis and financial downturn have presented sobering challenges both to families struggling to afford college and to higher education institutions struggling to maintain their programs in the face of budget and funding shortfalls. We are pleased to partner with USA TODAY to present these schools for all they are doing to provide outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid.”

Rhodes president William E. Troutt says, “We are very proud of the caliber of the academic experience at our college and are committed to making a Rhodes education available to all talented students who are attracted to a selective liberal arts college in a vibrant urban environment. That commitment has not wavered in the current economic climate.”

Eighty percent of students receive some form of financial aid at Rhodes, and students who qualify for need-based financial aid have 82 percent of their need met on average. Fifty-one percent of the 2008-2009 entering class received a four-year scholarship, fellowship, or award.

In addition, Rhodes is widely recognized for its innovative student associates program that provides students on-the-job training and competitive wages for performing professional-level work such as staffing the information technology help desk; managing the wireless network; writing for the college’s print and electronic publications; shooting, editing and uploading video for the Web site; serving as sports information liaisons; and analyzing data for the institutional research office. The program helps to minimize staffing levels which means more resources can be devoted to financial aid.

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company known for its test-prep courses, college and graduate school admission services, books, and
education programs.