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UMD Named a 2016 Best Value College by The Princeton Review

February 3, 2016

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Maryland has been named a Best Value College by The Princeton Review.  The official 2016 list (and book), “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” ranks the selected schools on a wide range of criteria - from academics and student life, to cost of attendance and financial aid. UMD was recognized by The Princeton Review for its comprehensive aid program, wide selection of merit-based scholarships, living-and-learning communities, top-notch honors program and diverse student population. 

According to The Princeton Review, "The University of Maryland, College Park offers a comprehensive aid program for students who demonstrate financial need. But it’s the university’s full suite of merit-based scholarships that make a UMD degree an exceptional value." 

“More than 100 undergraduate degrees are offered here, and the university’s location near Washington, D.C. means that top-notch research and internship opportunities are literally in your backyard," said the book’s editors. 

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on a comprehensive analysis of more than 650 colleges that weighted 40+ data points to tally ROI (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 2014-15 surveys of administrators and students at the schools. It also factored in data from PayScale.com collected through April 2015 on starting and mid-career salaries of alumni of the schools.

In the book, UMD was also touted for its diverse student population.  

“UMD is an especially diverse school, and this makes people more tolerant and accepting of people from different backgrounds and cultures,” according to the book editors. A UMD student from New Jersey explained, “Coming from a very diverse area, I thought it was going to be hard to find a school that had that same representation of minority and atypical students until I found Maryland. I don’t think I have ever learned so much about different religions, cultures, orientations, or lifestyles. All of them are accepted and even celebrated at UMD.” 

The Princeton Review also ranks UMD No. 10 among undergraduate entrepreneurship programs and top 20 among green colleges. The university was also recently ranked No. 7 for in-state tuition and No. 11 for out-of-state tuition on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance's list of Best Values in Public Colleges.

The full “Colleges That Pay You Back” list and the University of Maryland's profile are available here.