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Whitman is among the nation's best colleges for students seeking a top-notch education at an affordable rate, according to The Princeton Review.

In its roundup of colleges and universities with the highest return on investment for students, the rankings company weighted 40 data points covering everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The results are part of the recently published 2017 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.  

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Colleges That Pay You Back contains seven subcategories, all of which focus on different aspects of financial aid and career preparation. Whitman appears on Top 25 Schools for Making an Impact. 

To compile these lists, The Princeton Review collected data from surveys of administrators and students during the last academic year and from's surveys of alumni, tallying the ratings for a total of 650 schools.  

Whitman is also included on Princeton Review lists such as The Best 381 Colleges, Best Western Colleges, Best Classroom Experience, Best College Dorms, Best Quality of Life and Most Accessible Professors, among others.  

The Princeton Review is a tutoring, test prep and college admission services company catering to millions of college-bound students each year. To view Whitman's previous rankings from an array of rankings institutions, visit the rankings review page