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Appalachian State University featured in Princeton Review’s “America’s Best Value Colleges”

princetonreview_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University is one of 186 colleges in the nation considered a best value for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the school in the new 2008 edition of its book “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

The guide profiles colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance. In the book’s narrative profile on Appalachian, The Princeton Review’s editors write that, “Challenging courses, accessible faculty, and welcoming administrators are among its treasures. Professors take their roles as educators beyond the classroom to serve as mentors and advisors within a cohesive community.”

“It is reaffirming when independent reviews confirm what we believe: that Appalachian offers rigorous academic programs that are accessible and affordable to our students,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. “Thanks to the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff, this is a campus that continually strives to support its students, not only in the classroom, but through their participation in campus programs and research activities designed to enhance the learning environment.”

The best critics are the students who attend Appalachian. “From the top down, Appalachian strives to be the very best it can be,” students told the magazine’s editors. The students reported that the school accomplishes this by hiring “open and accessible administrators” and “caring and stimulating professors” as well as by offering “challenging courses.”

A senior reported that, “The Appalachian administration and faculty pride themselves on being available to students.”

A junior wrote that Appalachian “is completely focused on the students. Undergraduate research is greatly encouraged. This is truly a teaching university.”

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 its surveys of students attending the schools.

Says Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review, “We considered over 30 factors to identify our ‘best value’ colleges. “The 90 public and 75 private colleges chosen for the 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,” Franek said.

“America’s Best Value Colleges”has three-page profiles on each of the colleges and lists the top 10 best value private colleges and the top 10 best value public colleges overall. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book 1 to 165.

The Princeton Review’s list of its 165 best value schools is available at

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.