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SBU Named “Best Value” by Princeton Review

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Princeton Review CoverStony Brook University is one of the nation’s  “Best Value” colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Stony Brook in its just-published book, The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition and on a special area on its website.

In its profile of Stony Brook, the editors at The Princeton Review praise the school for its “affordability and excellence with academic prestige, offering a great academic reputation, ample research opportunities, and the chance to learn from world-renowned professors for a great price.” Stony Brook students surveyed by the Princeton Review said, “professors are approachable and interested in their subject, making them good educators.”

“We commend Stony Brook and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need – all while maintaining excellent academic programs,” said Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher Robert Franek.

The “Best Value Colleges” list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA TODAY.com, which features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.”

The Princeton Review selected its “Best Value Colleges” schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the Company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data came from the Company’s fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from its fall 2010 through fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data from students attending the schools over these years included their assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

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