University Trend of Distinguished Recognition Continues

For the second time this month Truman has been acknowledged as one of the nation’s best values in higher education.

The Princeton Review, teaming with USA TODAY, included Truman on its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2010.”

The list, which features 100 schools in all—50 public and 50 private colleges and universities—was released Jan. 12.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine also named Truman one of the “Best Values in Public Colleges” in its February issue.

On USA TODAY’s website, the editors at The Princeton Review commend Truman for being “thoroughly committed  to providing a strong, broad-based, liberal education to its small undergraduate student body” and they note that as “one of the few publicly funded liberal arts schools in the nation, Truman attracts many of Missouri’s top high school students.”

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its “Best Value” choices for 2010 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-09 academic year.

“There are many first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher. “We’re pleased to have again teamed up with USA TODAY to identify and commend the 100 colleges that do just that and do it best in the nation.”

Visitors to The Princeton Review website (at and USA TODAY website (at can access the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private “Best Value” colleges.

USA TODAY’s site features a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.

Kiplinger’s ranked Truman 26th on its exclusive survey list of the 100 public four-year schools that “combine outstanding education with economic value.” The University was also ranked as the 10th best educational value for out-of-state students. More information, as well as sortable rankings and other interactive features, are available online at

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