The Princeton Review names Willamette one of the nation’s best values

Willamette University was named one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review.  

"We are grateful for The Princeton Review's recognition of the high quality and the value of a Willamette education." said Interim President Larry D. Large. "We have a long tradition of providing financial support to high-achieving students in need." 

According to Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid Madeleine E. Rhyneer, "Parents want to get a good return on their educational investment and to ensure their student is prepared to succeed in the global economy. This ranking acknowledges Willamette's powerful educational experience and investment in our students." 

Robert Franek of The Princeton Review reports, "Among the nearly 16,000 respondents to our 2009 ‘College Hopes and Worries Survey,' of college applicants and parents, 85% said financial aid would be ‘very necessary' for them this year.  However 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."

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "Best Value" choices for 2010 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 using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-09 academic year. Primary considerations include academic quality, costs of attendance and financial aid.

The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2010: