Princeton Review cites USC as a 'Best Value'
By Wes Hickman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-3478
The University of South Carolina’s commitment to affordability, accessibility and flexibility has once again been recognized by The Princeton Review. USC was ranked as one of the 75 “best value” public colleges and universities in the “150 Best Value Colleges for 2013” list released today (Feb. 5).
According to The Princeton Review, the bottom line is “the cost of attending the University of South Carolina is extremely affordable.” Also noted is the high percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid, 92 percent in fall 2012.
University President Harris Pastides said the ranking confirms that the university is honoring its commitment to offer an outstanding value at an affordable cost.
“At USC our mission is to develop leaders through superior academic programming and extracurricular experiences that are accessible and affordable for South Carolinians,” said Pastides. “This ranking affirms that we are meeting that challenge. Through innovative and flexible programming focused on our students, we will continue to be a national leader in providing value in higher education.”
This summer, USC will launch its On Your Time Graduation initiative. By redefining the traditional university academic calendar to include a third full academic session, USC students will be able to complete their degrees more quickly and reduce overall tuition costs and loan debt.
Pastides said the university’s Gamecock Guarantee, which promises that undergraduate tuition and the technology fee will be covered for up to four years for students who meet the program’s academic, financial and participation criteria, also is helping to keep the cost of a USC education manageable.
The Princeton Review ranking also cited USC for its respected academic programs, including the nationally recognized Darla Moore School of Business and South Carolina Honors College, as well as programs in journalism, nursing, chemistry and hospitality management.
Selections were based on surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance and financial aid.
USC also was recently named one of the Best 377 Colleges by Princeton Review.
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