Princeton Review ranks UW-Eau Claire among top 100

UW-Eau Claire was named in January as one of The Princeton Review’s “100 Best Value Colleges for 2009” in the United States.

The Princeton Review’s list — featured in USA TODAY’s Jan. 8 edition and on its Web site — includes 50 public and 50 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire is the only college or university from Wisconsin included on the list.

“UW-Eau Claire’s longtime commitment to offering students a quality but affordable education has taken on even greater importance given the economic challenges facing our state and nation,” Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. “The 2009 freshman class will enter college during a recession, a reality that makes it even more important to select a quality institution that provides an education and experiences that will give them a leg up for a range of opportunities upon graduation. That quality cost balance cited by The Princeton Review is more important than ever to our students and their families during this time.”

The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, regularly analyzes data from approximately 650 U.S. colleges and universities that it considers the best. When creating its “Best Value” list, it looked at academics, costs and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008- 09 academic year. Additionally, 160,000 to 175,000 student surveys were received, which also provided input for the academic ratings.