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UD Named Among Nation’s Best Value Colleges

The Princeton Review named the University of Dayton among the top “Best Value Colleges” in a new book that examines academics, affordability and graduates’ career prospects.

The 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment highlights the University’s cost transparency, student life and career services. The University also ranks in the top 20 for internship opportunities.

The book spotlights the University’s innovative fixed net-price tuition plan, which ensures students understand the full cost of a four-year degree upfront. The plan promises undergraduates their financial aid will grow dollar-for-dollar to match any tuition increases — so what they pay their first year is what they’ll pay their senior year. It also eliminates all fees so there are no surprise expenses and “students aren’t left in the dark when it comes to how much they and their families will need to pay,” the book’s editors write.

The editors also include information on graduates’ starting salaries, which average $53,700, according to The book also reports 96 percent of graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school or a service program within six months of graduation.

"We salute the University of Dayton, and all of our The Best Value Colleges. They stand out for their outstanding academics and their affordability via generous financial aid to students with need and/or comparatively low sticker prices," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. "Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of valuable alumni support."

Hundreds of data points went into developing The Princeton Review’s list. Editors developed a “return on investment” rating based on data including graduation rates, student debt, financial aid, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

Information on the book, along with school profiles, is accessible for free on The Princeton Review’s website at


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