Nov 28, 2012

According to Fiske UMW Continues To Be the Only Local ‘Best Buy’ College

University of Mary Washington

For the third consecutive year, the University of Mary Washington is the only college in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia to be named a “best buy” in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges.

It is the third such honor this year, as the University of Mary Washington also earned spots on Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges for 2012” and Kiplinger’s of “2012 Best Values in Public Colleges.”

“[The] University of Mary Washington offers a tremendous return on investment," said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “You can't find a better buy in higher education today—rigorous academics combined with a rich array of out-of-classroom activities, all of which comes with a relatively moderate price tag.”

The newly revised and updated 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges groups colleges and universities into four general cost categories, from inexpensive to very expensive.  On top of that, the guide suggests a number of schools that are both reasonably priced and offer outstanding academics—the “best buys.”

  “Mary Washington has gained a reputation as one of the premium public liberal arts colleges in the country and continues to attract bright students from around the globe,” according to the Fiske Guide, was compiled under the direction of Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times.

Out of well over 300 colleges and universities reviewed, only 41—20 public and 21 private—were designated as “best buys.”  And this is down from 45 schools last year.

 In addition to UMW, the College of Charleston, Butler University, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Clemson, Elon, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were also named to the list.

Edward Fiske launched his guide in 1980 after sensing that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base educational choices.  He was a pioneer in what has become a massive college resource industry. 

But unlike many other print and web sources, the Fiske Guide accepts no consulting, advertising or other fees from colleges and has no outside relationship with colleges working on its behalf.  Data is independently compiled and analyzed.
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The 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges is available at your neighborhood bookseller or from the usual array of online vendors.

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