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SBU Named "Best Value College" by Princeton Review
Ranked among top 75 public institutions in the nation; praised for academic excellence and affordability

STONY BROOK, NY, February 8, 2012 – Stony Brook University is one of the nation’s “Best Value" colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company that profiled Stony Brook in its just-published book, The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition and on a special area on itswebsite.  

In its profile of Stony Brook, the editors at The Princeton Review praise the school for its “affordability and excellence with academic prestige, offering a great academic reputation, ample research opportunities, and the chance to learn from world-renowned professors for a great price.” Stony Brook students surveyed by The Princeton Review said, “Professors are approachable and interested in their subject, making them good educators.”  

"We commend Stony Brook University and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 'Best Value Colleges' list for all they are doing to keep costs down and offer generous aid to applicants with financial need – all while maintaining excellent academic programs," said Robert Franek, Senior Vice President and Publisher of The Princeton Review. 

The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings. "Best Value Colleges" were selected based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation's academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost and financial aid. 

The "Best Value Colleges" list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA TODAY.com which has been The Princeton Review's online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY’s site features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.” 

This ranking is the latest in outstanding rankings conferred upon Stony Brook University by independent organizations. Stony Brook was recently named the 35th best value in public colleges for in-state students (29th for out-of-state students) by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The University also received a ranking of 114th in the Times Higher Education 2011-2012 Top 400 World University rankings; received 23 Citations in the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report for 2012; and ranked 111th out of more than 1,500 of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. News & World Report“National University Rankings” for 2012. 

About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. In the 50+ years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 25,000 students and 2,200 faculty members and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounting for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County. 

About The Princeton Review 
The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the United States to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School.

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