Mercer One of Only 75 Private Institutions Named ‘Best Value’

April 24, 2007

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MACON — The Princeton Review has named Mercer University as one of the nation’s best value undergraduate institutions. Mercer is featured in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Value Colleges,” released today.  The guide profiles 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance.  Mercer was one of only 75 private institutions to be named a “Best Value.”

“Mercer is a selective, challenging university that understands the investment students and families make to pursue a private college experience and this selection confirms what Mercer graduates have known for years:  Mercer produces a real return on that investment,” said John P. Cole, vice president for University Admissions. “While Mercer’s tuition reflects the quality of our faculty and facilities, we seek to make Mercer affordable to all who qualify for admission. The results are evident in the work Mercer alumni are doing across the country and around the world.  For students who want a college experience that will last a lifetime, Mercer is indeed a ‘best value.’”

The Princeton Review selected the schools for the book based on data it obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year and surveys of students attending the schools. 

“We considered over 30 factors to identify our ‘best value’ colleges,” said Robert Franek, vice president for Publishing with The Princeton Review. “They covered four areas: Academics, Tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students’ financial need), and Student Borrowing.  The 90 public and 75 private colleges we chose for this edition offer a terrific education, plus they have impressive records of meeting students’ needs for financial aid.  We highly recommend them as America’s best college education deals for 2007.” 

The Princeton Review will post a list of its 165 best value schools on its site www.PrincetonReview.com

“America’s Best Value Colleges” has three-page profiles on each college and does not rank the schools in the book 1 to 165.  The book is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual “Best 361 Colleges” and “Paying for College without Going Broke.”  The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services.  It is not a magazine and it is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu.
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