MARLBORO COLLEGE RANKED FIRST IN NATION FOR “BEST ACADEMIC BANG FOR THE BUCK”
MARLBORO, VT – Marlboro College earned a blue ribbon by the Princeton Review today as the publication announced the college as being the number one college in the nation for the category “Best Academic Bang For Your Buck.”
The school was named in this same category by the Review with Lake Forest College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grinnell College, and Brigham Young University. The score for this category was based on a combination of scores from The Princeton Review Academic Rating, Financial Aid Rating, and Tuition GPA categories.
The Princeton Review interviewed more than 100,000 students to compile the 2004 edition of the “Best 351 Colleges.” In its 12th year, the book ranks schools in categories including “Best Academic Experience,” “Most Diverse Population,” and even “Best Party School.”
Because of its first-place ranking, Marlboro College was featured on the Aug. 19 edition of NBC’s Today Show.
Marlboro also ranked eighth in the nation for the “Class Discussions Encouraged” and “The Best Quality of Life” categories, 12th in the nation for “Dodge Ball Targets,” 16th for “Nobody Plays Intramural Sports,” and 20th for “Students Happy With Financial Aid.”
On news of the rankings, Marlboro College President Rod Gander said he is not surprised the college ranked so well in the Review.
“It’s a fine tribute to our faculty and their commitment to teaching. It’s also a gratifying recognition of our financial aid policy. Marlboro has always done its best to meet the full financial need of every student we accept,” he said.
Julie Richardson, Vice President for Enrollment & Financial Aid, agreed.
“It’s wonderful to receive this national recognition for something we’ve worked so hard to achieve. Marlboro offers a rigorous and exciting experience to students who want to take charge of their education, and our affordability offers a first rate education which is accessible to students from all economic backgrounds,” she said.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.