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Princeton Review cites university for value, sustainability

| Judy Berthiaume '87

UW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review's 150 "Best Value Colleges for 2014" in the United States.

UW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review’s 150 “Best Value Colleges for 2014” in the United States.The Princeton Review’s list includes 75 public and 75 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only colleges or universities from Wisconsin on the list. The best-value-colleges list appears in The Princeton Review’s new book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition,” as well as on dedicated areas of the company’s free website and on the USA Today newspaper website.

When creating its “Best Value” list, The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, looked at academics, costs and financial aid — using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2012-13 academic year — for 2,000 undergraduate institutions in the United States. Student surveys also provided input for the academic ratings.

“One of the more impressive aspects of the university is its inexpensiveness in relation to the quality of education being offered,” the USA Today website about the “Best Values” list says of UW-Eau Claire. “The school is very committed to making quality education available to most every student; 89 percent of the total average need is met, with more than 54 percent of undergraduates receiving at least some manner of need-based financial aid. The average financial support package is $9,000.”

For the fourth year in a row, The Princeton Review has named UW-Eau Claire one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The newly released guidebook “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges” lists UW-Eau Claire among the 332 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability through academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The Princeton Review joined with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council to release the fifth annual edition of its guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible green colleges.

The 332 institutions profiled in the guide all received green ratings of 83 or higher based on a scale of 60-99. A total of 832 schools responded to The Princeton Review’s 2013 sustainability survey.