The University

UMass Boston: One of the “Best”

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I am very pleased to announce that the University of Massachusetts Boston has been officially recognized by the Princeton Review for something we’ve all known for years: that we are one of the “Best Value Colleges” in the United States.

To qualify for the list, a school must offer excellent academics coupled with generous financial aid and/or relatively low costs of attendance. The 2012 list includes 11 institutions in Massachusetts, among them Williams College, Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston College. UMass Boston is the only public university or college in Massachusetts named to the list.

The company selected the “Best Value” schools based on analyses of data collected from an initial list of 650 institutions identified as having excellent academics. More than 30 data points were assessed across three primary areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. The Princeton Review also factored in data from surveys of students at the schools who shared assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards. The list includes 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.

I am proud that UMass Boston has been singled out for excellence in our classrooms – and for providing the financial assistance that helps get deserving students into those classrooms. We couldn’t have earned this honor without our dedicated faculty and staff: Thank you all for staying on mission and continuing to demonstrate our university’s commitment to accessibility.

I hope you have a great weekend.