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Baylor Named 'Best Buy' in New Fiske Guide to Colleges

June 30, 2010

A best-selling college guide for college-bound students and their parents has named Baylor University a "Best Buy." Baylor is one of only 45 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain - and the only Texas Big 12 institution - to earn the designation.

The authors of the new 2011 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Baylor as a "Best Buy" based on ratings of the quality of the university's academic programs and campus experience in relation to the cost of attendance.

This is the fifth straight year the Fiske Guide has identified Baylor as offering one of the best values in higher education.

"We are flattered that the Fiske Guide recognizes Baylor as providing outstanding educational value in the United States, Canada and Great Britain," said Baylor President Ken Starr. "While we are committed to providing students an outstanding educational experience, we are also very sensitive to the cost of higher education. That is why we are dedicated to increasing the level of scholarship support that we are able to provide our students and their families."

Baylor is one of only two Texas universities to be named to Fiske's "Best Buy" list. Other than Baylor, only one Big 12 institution - Iowa State University - made the list.

A private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, Baylor is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with "high research activity." Baylor faculty are internationally recognized for integrating teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary research to produce outstanding graduates.

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in the state. Baylor's 735-acre campus in Waco, Texas, is home to more than 14,000 students from all 50 states and 80 countries. Baylor's academic divisions offer 146 baccalaureate, 76 master, a juris doctor and 28 doctoral degree programs, through its 11 academic units.

The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 explores the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes at the "best and most interesting" schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. To be qualified as a Best Buy institution, Fiske takes into account many qualities such as a four-or-five-star academic rating, inexpensive or moderate price category, and quality of student life on campus.