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Princeton Review Names College a “Best Value” for 2013

The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges 2013Thomas Aquinas College is one of the nation’s 75 “Best Value” private schools according to The Princeton Review in its just-published book, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition. The College is the only private Catholic college in California to be named a “Best Value,” and one of only five private Catholic institutions in the country, along with Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame.

Says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher, “We commend Thomas Aquinas College and all of our extraordinary 2013 ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their stellar academics and for all they are doing to make their colleges affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times.”

In its profile of Thomas Aquinas College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the College who were surveyed for the book. Among their comments:

  • Thomas Aquinas College is a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.”
  • The College has “a strong Catholic identity” and “a rigorous curriculum,” where “professors … lead you to truth without forcing it on you.”
  • “You get all kinds of people here — but one thing they have in common is a desire to search for the truth.”

USA Today, The Princeton Review’s publishing partner for this project since 2009, has posted the 2013 list and an exclusive database of “Best Value Colleges” on its website. There, users can find detailed stats and facts about each college and sort the list several ways including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

The Princeton Review selected its “Best Value Colleges” schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from the 650 colleges and universities that it regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid.


Posted: February 7, 2013


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– Most Rev. Lionginas Virbalas

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaunas, Lithuania