The University of Tulsa Named a Best Value

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The University of Tulsa has been recognized as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely-known education services companies.

The Princeton Review has teamed with USA TODAY, the nation’s most widely-read newspaper, to present The Princeton Review’s "Best Value" Colleges list for 2009. The “Best Value” colleges list, reported in the January 8th print edition of USA TODAY, and on and, features a total of 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized nationally for the quality and value provided by The University of Tulsa. Especially in these difficult economic times, this is an important affirmation of the value of a TU education,” said TU President Steadman Upham.

TU ranks among the nation’s top universities in the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges survey, which ranked TU as 83rd among all doctoral institutions and 47th among private universities in the survey.

In its profile of TU on USA TODAY’s Web site, the editors at The Princeton Review said, “The University of Tulsa is among the lowest-priced selective, independent institutions in the nation.” The report recognized the opportunity for TU undergraduates to “get involved in advanced research with faculty members as mentors. Opportunities like this are usually the domain of graduate students at similarly sized private universities.”

The publication also noted about TU:
• “A caring and accessible faculty committed to helping students in any way possible”
• “Across all disciplines, the academic experience at the University of Tulsa is of high quality.”
• A “diverse and intimate campus” with a student life that “reflects the school’s unequivocal emphasis on academics.”
• “(U)ndergraduates … benefit from the school’s emphasis on professional opportunities offered outside the campus setting.”

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "best value" choices for 2009 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid: lists tallies were made using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2007-08 academic year. Of the 50 schools chosen in each "best value" category (public and private), the top 10 are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order and unranked.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publisher, "We have always believed finding the "best fit" college should be the foremost goal for student applicants and their families. But the economic crisis and financial downturn have presented sobering challenges both to families struggling to afford college and to higher education institutions struggling to maintain their programs in the face of budget and funding shortfalls. We are pleased to partner with USA TODAY to present these schools for all they are doing to provide outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid.”

Visitors to The Princeton Review’s and USA TODAY’s websites can access the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private “Best Value” colleges. USA TODAY’s site,, features a database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.

The Princeton Review previously reported annual "best value" public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its website and in its book, America’s Best Value Colleges, which was published from 2004 to 2007.


David Hamby