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These Georgia colleges rank among schools in the nation with ‘best value’

College is a big commitment that usually comes with a hefty price tag, so it can be important to consider where you’ll get the best bang for your buck.

In a recent ranking, the Princeton Review looked at which colleges and universities across the country have the “best value.”

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In determining the list, the admissions company compared schools based on three factors: 

  • Quality of academics
  • Affordable cost (either because of low sticker price or generous financial aid offerings)
  • Career prospects for graduates

“Students who attend these schools don't have to mortgage their futures to pay for their degrees — and we believe they will graduate with great career prospects,” the company said in a release for its Best Value roundup.

Princeton Review looked at data from fall 2018 through fall 2019 and considered surveys from the schools and students, alumni careers and salary stats. 

“The schools we chose as our Best Value Colleges for 2020 comprise only 7% of the nation's four-year colleges," The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief, Robert Franek, said in a release.  "They are truly distinctive and diverse in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas. Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services.

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On the list of the 200 schools (not otherwise ranked numerically) with the “best value,” two Georgia institutions made the cut:

Agnes Scott College in Decatur

Emory University in Atlanta

Emory also got a nod from Princeton Review as being one of the top 75 schools in the country for “return on investment.” On that list, the Atlanta school came in at No. 46.

On the overall list of “best value” schools, 137 were private schools and 63 were public. The median starting salary for graduates of these schools is $60,824, according to Princeton Review. 

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