Baylor Named 'Best Buy' In New Fiske Guide To Colleges

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June 29, 2009

Top independent college guide shows Baylor as only Texas Big 12 school to make the list

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Baylor University is one of only 44 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain - and the only Texas Big 12 institution - named a "Best Buy" in the 2010 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a best-selling independent source of information for college-bound students and their parents.

The Fiske Guide qualified Baylor as a "Best Buy" based on its ratings of the quality of the university's academic programs in relation to the cost of attendance. Fiske researchers combined the cost data with academic quality and campus lifestyle information about each college and university to determine which institutions offered the best values in higher education.

In February, Baylor also was ranked for the second consecutive year as one of the nation's top 50 "Best Values in Private Colleges and Universities" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

"One of the most important decisions a family will help their son or daughter to make is where he or she will attend college. We are pleased that Baylor is being recognized for providing students and families an outstanding value in higher education," said Dr. Reagan M. Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration who oversees enrollment management at Baylor. "Our goal is always to offer students a top quality academic experience, while remaining sensitive to the costs associated with a Baylor education. It is gratifying that our efforts continue to be acknowledged."

Baylor is one of only four Texas universities - all private - 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 University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with "high research activity." This blends with Baylor's international reputation for educational excellence built upon the faculty's commitment to 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 nationally recognized 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.

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The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010 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.

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Fiske Guide Private Best Buy Universities

Adelphi University
Alfred University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University
Cooper Union College
Cornell College
University of Dallas
Deep Springs College
Elon University
Florida Southern College
Hendrix College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Kalamazoo College
Marquette University
Millsaps College
Morehouse College
Olin College of Engineering
University of the Pacific
Rice University
Spelman College
Trinity University (TX)
Wabash College
Warren Wilson College
Wheaton College (IL)

Fiske Guide Public Best Buy Universities

University of Arizona
University of British Columbia (Canada)
Colorado State University
Evergreen State College
University of Florida
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Iowa
Iowa State University
University of Mary Washington
New College of Florida
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of St. Andrews (Great Britain)
University of Toronto (Canada)
Truman State University
University of Utah

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