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Feb 7, 2012    #012
Contact: John Austin

University of Missouri-Kansas City named to Princeton Review Top 75 'Best Value' U.S. public universities

UMKC recognized for 'outstanding' programs, 'expert' faculty and affordability

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is one of the nation's "Best Value" colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review. The Mass.-based education services company profiles UMKC in its just-published book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition" and on a special area on its website at

In its profile of UMKC, the editors at The Princeton Review praise the school for its "outstanding business programs" and "notable fine arts programs, including the Conservatory of Music and Dance." The editors also quote from UMKC students surveyed by The Princeton Review who described UMKC faculty as "experts in their field and fully absorbed in the subject matter." In describing the methodology for the rankings, the editors note that the institutions selected "make measurable efforts to keep out-of-pocket costs reasonable and within reach while delivering an amazing college experience that's worth every penny."

"We commend the University of Missouri-Kansas City and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 'Best Value Colleges' list for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need -- all while maintaining excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher and lead author of The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.

The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, subtitled "The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings.

The "Best Value Colleges" list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA which has been the Princeton Review's online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY's site ( features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review's analysis of why it chose each school as a "Best Value."

The Princeton Review selected its "Best Value Colleges" schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation's academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data came from the Company's fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from its fall 2010 through fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data from students attending the schools over these years included their assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

"At UMKC, our goal is to attract the best and the brightest students by offering a dedicated, world-class faculty, a comprehensive selection of degree programs and a wide range of scholarship and financial aid opportunities," said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., UMKC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. "This recognition by The Princeton Review is an affirmation of UMKC's mission to make education accessible and affordable for our students."

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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