The top-10 ranking affirms Whitman’s performance in helping meet student financial need while delivering on its educational mission.

Best ValueWALLA WALLA, April 25, 2007 – Whitman College is the nation’s 7th “Best Value” private college in the nation, according to The Princeton Review.

The ranking appears in the 2008 edition of America’s Best Value Colleges, which identifies 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance.

Whitman’s top-10 ranking places the college in a distinguished group that also includes: Rice University (Houston, Texas), Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa), Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Penn.), Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.), Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.), Scripps College (Claremont, Calif.), and Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)

In the publication’s narrative profile on Whitman, The Princeton Review’s editors commend the college for its faculty, facilities, 24/7 library and high expectations of students.

The Princeton Review uses more than 30 factors to identify “best value” colleges. Factors draw from four areas: academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), financial aid (how well colleges meet students’ financial need), and student borrowing.

According to Princeton Review Vice President of Publishing Robert Franek, the public and private colleges selected for inclusion in the Best Value list “offer a terrific education, plus they have impressive records of meeting students’ needs for financial aid. We highly recommend them as America’s best college education deals for 2007.”

Princeton Review Best Value cover“First and foremost, this and the many other high rankings Whitman continues to receive underscore the college’s measurable achievements,” says President George Bridges. “Our graduation rate has climbed to 88 percent, and more than 50 percent of our alumni make financial contributions to the school every year. The recognition by The Princeton Review is gratifying, and we hope it helps make parents and prospective students even more aware of the extraordinary learning experience that Whitman offers.”


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