Jul 2, 2010

UMW Named One of Fiske’s ‘Best Buys of 2011’

The University of Mary Washington (UMW), located in Fredericksburg VA, is one of 45 public and private colleges and universities recognized as Fiske’s “Best Buys of 2011.” Selected based on quality of academic offerings in relation to cost of attendance, Mary Washington is the only school in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region earning this distinction.

“Mary Washington could easily be mistaken for one of Virginia’s elite private colleges,” according to the Fiske Guide, which has been compiled annually for more than 25 years under the direction of Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times. “[UMW] offers just as much history and tradition—for a much lower price.”

The bestselling Fiske Guide to Colleges continues as one of the most popular “print” resources used by counselors, students and parents. At a recent gathering of college consultants at the annual Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) conference in Minneapolis, Fiske explained that the Guide’s popularity is due in part to its ability to capture “institutional personality and culture” in reviews of more than 300 of the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.

A key reference contained in the guide is Fiske’s “Index by Price,” in which colleges are classified into four groups ranging from inexpensive ($) to very expensive ($$$$) based on estimated tuition and fees for the academic year. Among public colleges and universities, UMW is rated as “moderate” in cost.

Falling within either the inexpensive or moderate categories, Fiske’s “Best Buys” are colleges or universities with either four- or five-star academic ratings. For the 2010-11 academic year, 21 public and 24 private institutions rose to the top of the list by offering “outstanding academics with relatively modest prices.”

In addition to UMW, public colleges and universities listed as “Best Buys” include Georgia Tech, McGill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Universities of Florida, Iowa, Oregon, Toronto, and Washington. Private institutions include Baylor, Brigham Young, Drexel, Elon, Juniata, Marquette, Millsaps, and Spelman—among others.

The 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges is hot off the presses. Although not yet available on the Fiske website, copies are available from other online vendors.

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