Nebraska ranked a best value by Princeton Review

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln continues to be featured in The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top colleges for delivering a return on investment to students.
May 26, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The University of Nebraska–Lincoln continues to be featured in The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top colleges for delivering a return on investment to students.

Inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” is based on the university’s challenging academics, affordability and strong career prospects available to graduates. Reviewers considered 651 institutions for the list, with Nebraska joining 199 others to earn the affordability honor.

“This Princeton Review ranking is a reflection of our greatest priorities as a land-grant institution — to provide higher education access and affordability to Nebraskans and beyond,” said Abby Freeman, director of Admissions. “Nebraska’s outstanding, affordable education and experiential learning opportunities provide our graduates with the tools needed to prepare for a meaningful career and make a difference in the world — all as one of the best tuition values in the Big Ten and with less student debt than the national average.”

The rankings reinforce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, as the smallest public Big Ten institution, is uniquely positioned to meet its commitment to offering one-to-one connections where every person and every interaction matters. Key findings include the university’s ability to offer access to undergraduate research opportunities, internships and job placement supports.

The Princeton Review outlines how Nebraska faculty are “known to be accessible and generous,” helping students succeed and advance on the path toward a degree. And, the university is noted for having “fantastic financial aid and scholarship programs” that help to make a Nebraska degree one of the most affordable amongst Big Ten peers.

Nebraska was one of two Cornhusker State institutions to be included in the Best Value Colleges list. And, it is one of 10 Big Ten institutions featured.

The Princeton Review is a tutoring, test preparation and college admissions services company that annually publishes a number of college guides, such as “Colleges That Create Futures.” Its headquarters are in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

“The Best Value Colleges” was titled “Colleges That Pay You Back” from 2015 to 2018.

“The colleges that we designate as our ‘Best Values’ this year are truly a select group — they comprise only about 1.2% of the four-year undergraduate institutions in the U.S.,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “These exceptional schools differ in many ways, yet they are alike in that all offer outstanding academics and excellent career services. These colleges have a comparatively low sticker price and/or generous financial aid offerings.

“We recommend and commend them highly for everything their administrators, faculties, staff, and alumni are doing to educate their students and to guide them to post-college success.”