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UD cited for excellence, value by Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s

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NEWARK — The University of Delaware earned recognition for academic excellence, affordability, and value in two national college guides.

According to UDaily, UD is included in the 2017 edition of the Princeton Review book Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, which was released Jan. 31.

The University also is included in the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, which listed UD among the top 40 in best values in public colleges.

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review selected the schools included in Colleges That Pay You Back, an expansion of its annual Best Value Colleges book, based on a comprehensive analysis of more than 650 colleges that weighted 40-plus data points to tally return on investment ratings for the schools. Data analyzed covered academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt and more.

The company collected that data from its 2015-16 surveys of administrators and students at the schools. It also factored in data from PayScale from their online compensation survey on starting and mid-career salaries of alumni of the schools.

Colleges That Pay You Back has detailed school profiles, plus seven ranking lists and six “top 25” lists.


UD was selected a 2017 Best Value College by Kiplinger’s, which ranked the University 39th among its best values in college education.

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

Unlike other rankings, which include subjective criteria in their assessments, Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Kiplinger’s was the first ranking to focus on value, its core mission.

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