Aug 5, 2014 2:28 PM by KATC

UL Lafayette rates among Princeton Review's Best 379 Colleges

Featured in the 2015 edition of the annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges," Princeton Review said Tuesday that the University of Louisiana is  one of the the best institutions for undergraduate education in the country.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the college guide.

"The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book," said Robert Franek, the guide's author and The Princeton Review senior vice president/publisher.

In the publication, the Princeton Review does not rank universities. The publication features the results of surveys of 130,000 students at hundreds of universities, rating their schools on several topics and reporting on their campus experiences at those schools.

In its profile, The Princeton Review noted that "tremendously generous grant and scholarship programs and outstanding out-of-state fee waivers make UL Lafayette one of the best bargains in the country" and a student commented that the university offers "serious bang for your buck."

Princeton Review's claims are corroborated by the U.S. Department of Education's most recent College Affordability and Transparency List, which ranked UL Lafayette among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States for the fourth consecutive year. That list also shows that UL Lafayette is the most affordable university in Louisiana.

In addition to noting that the student body is friendly, diverse and loves the local community, the student surveys rated the UL's programs in education, computer science and engineering as "some of the best in the nation"

"Of course, our students love Lafayette," said Aaron Martin, director of Communications and Marketing at UL Lafayette. "Last month, it was named the happiest town in the nation by The Wall Street Journal.

"Our students are getting a great education at one of the most affordable American universities in the best place to live."

The Princeton Review's "Best" list also included other universities from the state: Centenary College, LSU-Baton Rouge, and four New Orleans colleges: Loyola, Tulane, UNO, and Xavier.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. It is not affiliated with Princeton University. More information about the college guide is available at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx.



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