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Radford University receives national "best value" recognition as a top 75 U.S. public university

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For the second consecutive year, Radford University has been lauded as one of the best value institutes of higher education in the nation with its inclusion in The Princeton Review's "The Best Value Colleges: 2014 edition,” which profiles 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review based its conclusions after surveying 2,000 colleges and universities in 2012-13 and considered academics, cost and financial-aid data, as well as student opinion surveys.  Radford University was also named to the Princeton Review’s Best Value College listing in 2013.

According to The Princeton Review, RU offers more affordability, smaller class sizes and higher quality faculty than many comparable public universities. These qualities single it out as a special value for students.

“I am so pleased that Radford University was again recognized by The Princeton Review on a national level for providing our students an exceptional value,” said RU President Penelope W. Kyle. “Students consider many factors in their decision about where to attend college.  At Radford, they experience smaller classes, a faculty singularly dedicated to their success, diversity in the student body, and exciting activities and programs across campus.  This synergy results in an excellent and affordable education for all of our students.”

About Radford, The Princeton Review writes, "Radford provides a broad scope of academic opportunities and a distinctive level of academic attention for a bargain price. Class sizes are smaller, and professor quality higher, than many other public universities."

Scholarships are available to RU students in diverse fields of study, including business, education, allied health, humanities, science and technology, and visual and performing arts. In the 2011-12 academic year for example, RU awarded nearly $2 million in need-based scholarships.

These opportunities further underscore RU's commitment to ensuring a high-quality, affordable education for students.

James Pennix, the university’s dean of admissions, said, "RU is known as one of the best academic values in Virginia. We offer a number of options to ensure that students from all demographic and economic strata have the means to reach their educational goals."

The full list and information about all 150 colleges and universities in The Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Values College Edition” can be found online on at http://www.princetonreview.com/bestvaluecolleges and http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com.

Jan 28, 2014