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'Fiske Guide' rates Alfred University as 'best value'

Alfred University is one of only 44 colleges and universities included in the 2010 edition of Fiske’s 2010 Top Financial Finds on the College Tuition Market.

There are 4,200 institutions of higher education in the country, so inclusion in the Fiske Guide as a “best buy” places Alfred University in the top one percent in value for price.

“We are very pleased to be included in this well-respected guide as ‘best buy,’” said Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson. “It is further affirmation of the value of an Alfred University education for the price.”

U.S. News and World Report ranks Alfred University number two “best value” in the North among master’s degree-granting institutions, calling it a “great school at a great price.”

To have two nationally recognized, independent college-ranking services recognize Alfred University for its quality and value “attests to the excellent job our faculty and staff do with our students,” said Edmondson.

“In the face of today’s skyrocketing tuition rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking for ways to get the best value for their education,” according to a release from the publishers of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Author Edward B. Fiske explains, “One of the lesser-known facts of life about higher education in the U.S. is that price and quality do not always go hand-in-hand.”

Tuition and fees alone now run at least $6,000 at a typical public university and close to $30,000 at a typical private college, and the overall tab at the most selective and expensive schools tops $50,000, the release states. “A major investment like that should be approached with as much information as possible.”

The revised and updated 2010 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges features 44 of the Best Buy Schools. These institutions are based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. To determine the list, Fiske researchers combined the cost data with academic and other life-style information about each college and university to determine what institutions offer really remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.

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