AMHERST, Mass. – The Princeton Review has named the University of Massachusetts Amherst to its newest list of the nation’s 150 “Best Value Colleges.”
Released Feb. 5, 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: 2013 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 campus’ sustainability programs, community service opportunities, myriad student clubs and organizations and the Five College consortium are also mentioned.
Student comments in the campus profile report a number of strengths for UMass Amherst, including 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 biology, business administration, management and psychology, while students also give high marks to the music department and hospitality and tourism management.
“Students universally cite ‘financial affordability’ as a popular factor when considering attendance,” says the guide, noting that in-state costs are $12,612 plus $10,310 for room and board.