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Fiske Guide: Alfred University one of 49 'best buys' in nation

Alfred University is again among the top 25 private colleges and universities in the United States when it comes to best value for the educational dollar, says the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012.

The Fiske Guide, written by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, lists only 49 schools - 25 private and 24 public - as "Best Buys" from among the nation’s more than 4,000 higher education institutions, including more than 2,200 four-year colleges.

"This is the third year in a row Alfred University has been among this very select group of colleges and universities," said President Charles M. Edmondson. "We can tell people we offer excellent value - academic quality compared to the cost of attendance - but it means so much more when an impartial third-party affirms that claim. Not only are we a ‘Best Buy’ in the Fiske Guide, but US News and World Report, another very popular guide, also lists as a ‘Great School at a Great Price. That means a lot."

"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 dollar," says a release from Fiske Guide. "Fortunately there are some bargains to be found in higher education - it just takes a bit of shopping around with a little guidance along the way."

All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price categories, and most have four- or five-star academic ratings.

Alfred University is among the 300+ institutions profiled in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. "Readers will discover the real personality of Alfred University, based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities," according to the release.