SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Feb. 9, 2012) - Mount Holyoke College is once again one of the nation's "Best Value" private colleges and universities, according to the Princeton Review. The educational services company teamed with USA Today to present the list of "The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2012" on February 7. The list features 150 schools in all - 75 private and 75 public colleges and universities.
In its profile of Mount Holyoke on USA Today's website, the editors at the Princeton Review commended the College.
“From its outstanding academic program and facilities to its accomplished students to the formidable faculty that love teaching as much as research, Mount Holyoke provides a first-rate experience,” they wrote. The Mount Holyoke academic experience is "phenomenal" and its faculty "extremely approachable."
The editors also praised the College for its Nexus: Curriculum to Career program that “enables students to link their liberal arts education with their career goals through internships, research projects, and summer employment.”
"Undergraduate research is remarkably commonplace, and the College offers over one-half million dollars every summer for students to conduct unpaid internship and research projects," they added.
Students were reported as saying “Mount Holyoke is focused on empowering women to pursue leadership positions in fields about which they are passionate.”
The editors also credited the College with making "an extraordinary and extraordinarily successful effort to support an economically diverse student population."
The Princeton Review chose the schools listed as "Best Value Colleges for 2012" based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. On a scale of 1-100, the Princeton Review scored Mount Holyoke 98 for academics, 97 for interesting professors, 96 for financial aid, 95 for admissions, and 91 for quality of life.
The methodology examined more than 30 factors using data from the company's surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges with strong academic programs.