Agnes Scott Ranked One of Princeton Review’s 50 Best Value Private Colleges

Friday, January 15, 2010

ATLANTA — For the second year in a row, Agnes Scott College has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of Best Value Colleges. The list recognizes schools that provide an exceptional education at relatively low cost to families.


“We are delighted to be recognized once again as one of the nation’s best at providing something that students and families are seeking: an excellent college education at an affordable cost,” said Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss. “College remains one of the smartest investments young people can make to secure their future in a challenging global economy. At Agnes Scott, we go the extra mile to make college affordable, from keeping tuition increases low to offering generous need and merit aid.”

Agnes Scott is one of 50 private colleges and universities selected by The Princeton Review, a publisher of college guidebooks and provider of education services, for its 2010 Best Value Colleges list. The list features 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities. Institutions were selected based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 institutions. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, and was based on data from the 2008-2009 academic year.

“ … There are many first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid, including some that may surprise applicants. We’re pleased to have again teamed up with USA TODAY to identify and commend the 100 colleges that do just that and do it best in the nation,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher.

In its profile of Agnes Scott, Princeton Review noted its “exceptionally beautiful campus” and “academic achievements in traditionally male-dominated fields of economics, mathematics and hard sciences” along with strengths in humanities, social sciences and creative and performing arts. “Student satisfaction runs high,” the profile observed, and students praise faculty for making classes “accessible and interesting and for offering generous support during office hours while still managing to remember every student’s name.” For students interested in study abroad, research and mentorships, “opportunities and funding abound.”

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.