UCF was named again Tuesday as a Best Value College for 2020 by The Princeton Review.
The annual ranking lists 200 of the nation’s top colleges and universities selected out of 656 institutions that were reviewed.
The company used more than 40 data points to determine its rankings of a student’s return on investment. Topics that were looked at included academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The schools are not ranked hierarchically on a single list from 1 to 200 by the tutoring, test prep and college-admission services company.
“Our commitment to affordability means more opportunities for students from all backgrounds to receive a high-quality education. We are proud UCF is once again recognized for transforming lives,” says Interim President Thad Seymour Jr.
Princeton surveyed administrators and students at the institutions, as well as alumni, their starting and mid-career salaries, and job-satisfaction figures.
The selected schools represent only 7 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief, adding that schools on the list offer outstanding academics, generous financial aid or a relative low cost of attendance, and excellent career services.
UCF’s best-value status has been recognized by other organizations, too, within the past few months.
Kiplinger and Forbes also both ranked UCF among the nation’s best education values; Washington Monthly magazine said UCF is the No. 25 “Best Bang for the Buck” university in the southeast; and the financial website WalletHub lists UCF in the top 100 schools for students to attain a degree from a top-performing university at the lowest cost.