Brandeis named one of Princeton Review's 'Best Value Colleges'

Brandeis University has been named one of The Princeton Review's 100 "Best Value Colleges" for 2011.

The list, which was compiled in partnership with USA Today for the past three years, is based on information from the 2009-2010 academic year. It includes 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

"Brandeis combines a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a liberal arts college," USA Today said in describing the school. "For students, that means unsurpassed access to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship, and artistic output in disciplines both traditional and unique."

The best value designation is based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance and financial aid. The methodology examined more than 30 factors using data from the company's surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges with strong academic programs.

Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school and the average debt of those students. Also included was survey data on how satisfied students were with the financial aid packages they received.

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