Princeton Review Names Three USM Institutions Among "Top 50 Best Values in Public Universities"

ADELPHI, Md. (January 12, 2009) - Three University System of Maryland (USM) institutions-Salisbury University, Towson University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)-have placed among The Princeton Review's "Top 50 Best Values in Public Universities" for 2009. The rankings recognize outstanding institutions offering educational excellence with affordability.

Princeton Review selects the best value public and private universities and colleges based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private college and university campuses. Selection criteria include more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid.

Princeton Review cited Salisbury for its "stellar" undergraduate business program and its innovative ABLE (Applied Business Learning Experience) Internship Program that "eases the transition from business student to business professional by requiring students to complete an internship before graduation."

Towson was lauded for "a wealth of program options" and accessible faculty that value teaching and student engagement.

UMBC drew the Review's praise for an "outstanding science and technology curriculum" buttressed by "fantastic technological resources."

"USM is proud of these rankings because they confirm what is our core mission and focus: to provide students affordable access to excellent higher education," said USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan.

For more information about the USM's institutions included in The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" rankings, visit the links below:

Salisbury University

Towson University

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

For updates on all our institutions national rankings, visit USM in the National Rankings 2008-2009.

Contact: John Buettner
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