Baylor University a 'Best Buy' in New Fiske Guide to Colleges

July 28, 2011

Baylor is one of fewer than 50 public and private colleges and universities in the US, UK and Canada to be so recognized

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WACO, Texas (July 28, 2011) - For the sixth straight year, a best-selling college guide for college-bound students and their parents has named Baylor University a "Best Buy." Baylor is one of only 49 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain to earn the designation.

The authors of the new 2012 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Baylor as a "Best Buy" based on the quality of the university's academic programs and campus experience in relation to the cost of attendance. From that combined data, the Fiske researchers determined Baylor offered one of the best values in higher education.

"We are honored that the Fiske Guide has again recognized Baylor among a select group of universities in the country that provides an outstanding education value," said Baylor President Ken Starr. "Now more than ever we know that students and families are seeking the best value for their investment in higher education. That is why we have increased the level of scholarship support that we are able to provide our students while we continue to deliver the exceptional Baylor experience for which we are known. "

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 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.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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