Princeton Review Rates UMass Amherst a ‘Best Value College’

AMHERST, Mass. – For a second straight year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s 150 “Best Value Colleges.”

Released today, the annual list identifies 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities based on assessments that consider academics, cost and financial aid. The 150 schools were chosen from 650 institutions across the U.S. The Princeton Review ranks the top 10 private and public schools and lists the others alphabetically. Complete listings are contained in the just-published The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition.

The guide says UMass Amherst “offers the academic experience of a world-class research university in one of the best college towns in North America” and cites the campus as a top producer of internships, Fulbright scholars and Teach for America members. The guide notes a high level of student involvement as exemplified by multiple placements on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“The food is also consistently ranked amongst the best in the country and is a real value for the quality,” says the guide, which also highlights campus sustainability programs, hundreds of student clubs and organizations and the educational opportunities available through the Five College consortium.

Student comments in the campus profile report a number of strengths such as research opportunities for undergraduates, Commonwealth Honors College, new science buildings, an abundance of majors, scholarship availability and the diversity of the student body. Popular majors listed in the guide are psychology and hospitality and tourism management, while students give high marks to the music department.

“Students universally cite ‘financial affordability’ as a popular factor when considering attendance,” says the guide.