Baylor Named A "Best Buy" University By Fiske Guide To Colleges

Aug. 1, 2001
News Photo 43The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002 edition listed Baylor as one of 43 best buys among national colleges and universities.

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University is one of 43 public and private colleges and universities nationwide listed as a best buy in the 2002 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The Fiske Guide qualified Baylor as a best buy based on its ratings of the quality of the university's academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

"Baylor has long been recognized as a great value among American universities," said Dr. Charles S. Madden, Baylor's vice president for university relations. "The Fiske guide is one of the most respected of the various college guides on the market, and to be included in its list of best buys further solidifies Baylor's reputation in that category."

The guide features an index by price that groups public and private institutions into four price categories, from inexpensive to very expensive. All of the best buys, including Baylor, are in the inexpensive or moderate price category.

Among Baylor's strengths, as cited by Fiske researchers, are "its solid Christian heritage and dynamic academics," "friendly, family-style atmosphere" and "rigorous classes taught by friendly faculty in an environment that supports growth, both intellectually and spiritually." That combination, Fiske concludes, adds up to an "all-around good value."

Four Texas universities, including Baylor, Rice University, Trinity University and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as other Big 12 institutions University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Kansas, were named to the best buy list.

Based on new surveys of thousands of students and administrators, The Fiske Guide to Colleges rates more than 300 colleges and universities in the areas of academics, social life and quality of life. It also details campus culture and lifestyle, SAT and ACT scores, male-female ratios, the number of applicants per school and how many students are receiving financial aid.

Other publications to rank Baylor as a good value in recent years include Money magazine, Barron's and U.S. News and World Report.

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