Princeton Review ranks UB among top universities that 'Pay You Back'

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Editors call UB an “exceptional value”

By Michael Andrei

Release Date: February 13, 2015 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — In a new national publication, The Princeton Review has rated the University at Buffalo among the colleges and universities it considers the nation’s best for high-quality degree programs, affordability and career prospects.

The University at Buffalo “is able to provide a great education at a low price,” according to the editors of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges” and What It Takes to Get In. “And at a fraction of the cost of comparable private colleges and universities, a UB education is also an exceptional value.”    

The editors of The Princeton Review based selections on a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating developed for the publication. UB is ranked No. 91 among the top 200 schools that provide students with the best “return on education.” ROE measures 40 weighted data points — everything from academics, cost, financial aid and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.   

The ranking considered 650 schools nationwide.

The editors cited the availability of merit-based scholarships at UB, and noted that scholarship recipients may be invited to participate in scholarly communities that offer expanded educational opportunities to UB students both in and out of the classroom.

The wide variety of internship and experiential education programs, which allow students to gain an advantage in the marketplace upon graduation, also was noted by The Princeton Review. These include UB’s Undergraduate Academies (, small living-and-learning communities that enable students to engage in a variety of educational experiences based around a theme.

UB programs that help students minimize their educational costs include Finish in 4, which provides students with a roadmap to on-time graduation and a commitment from the university to provide students with the resources they need to achieve this goal.

UB’s inclusion in The Princeton Review list adds to several other national recognitions the university has received over the past couple of years for offering great educational value and graduating students with low amounts of debt.


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