Purdue in Princeton Review's top 200 'best value' colleges

February 6, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is listed among the Princeton Review's 200 "best value" colleges for 2015 and Purdue’s alumni network was ranked No. 11, according to information released Tuesday (Feb. 3).

The Princeton Review, an education services company, developed a "Return-on-Education" (ROE) rating to compile its list of the 200 colleges for its new book, "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In - 2015 Edition."

According to the company, the listing is based on an analysis of 40 data points, including such items as academics, cost, financial aid, and student debt, to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. Data was collected in 2013-14 in surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book overall, 1-to-200, on a single list.

"We are continuously striving to offer our students higher education at the highest proven value, and this type of recognition helps us spread the word," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "The recognition of our alumni network also tells others what we already know: When you enroll to be a Boilermaker, you enroll to be a part of that proud tradition for life."

The Princeton Review summary says, in part, that Purdue "is one of the most educationally and ethnically diverse universities in the United States. … Purdue has excellent research opportunities that are open to almost anyone who shows interest and dedication, and prides itself on being strong in STEM education, with heavy emphasis on real-world practical research and knowledge. When combined with an emphasis on innovation and creative thinking, Purdue becomes a great choice for anyone looking to have a successful future."

Other universities in the state included in the "best value" survey are Indiana, Notre Dame and Wabash College. In addition to Purdue and Indiana, other Big Ten universities ranked include the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Rutgers and the University of Wisconsin. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

Source: Mitch Daniels, president@purdue.edu 

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