Princeton Review names Clemson among “Best Value Colleges,” offering greatest return on investment


Clemson University has been recognized by The Princeton Review as being one of the nation’s best institutions to offer students the greatest return on educational investment. Out of 656 colleges and universities evaluated for this year’s “Best Value Colleges of 2020” list, only 200 received the designation.

Clemson was also recognized for its career services, ranking first out of 20. The Princeton Review considers more than 40 data points affecting return on investment (ROI) – including academic offerings, affordability and career preparation. Clemson’s top-level programs, faculty-to-student ratio, career services, internship opportunities and alumni network contributed to Clemson’s placement.

“Choosing a university can be a daunting task and Clemson students choose daily to invest in creating an atmosphere of success and engagement that produces such positive and notable outcomes,” said David Kuskowski, Clemson’s director of undergraduate admissions. “The tremendous value of a Clemson degree, and our story, is told not only by our student’s successes in their own communities and around the world, but also in the priceless experiences they create between us all every day.”

As an active land-grant university with satellite campuses across South Carolina, Clemson offers more than 80 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs, along with high research activity and study opportunities around the world.

The Princeton Review chose its Best Value Colleges for 2020 based on data the company collected from its surveys of administrators in 2018-19. The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools, as well as surveys of alumni about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction figures.

“The schools we name as our Best Value Colleges for 2020 comprise only 7% of the nation’s four-year colleges,” noted Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “They are truly distinctive and diverse in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas. Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or a relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services. We salute Clemson University for these exceptional offerings and recommend it highly to college applicants and parents.”

The Princeton Review is also widely known for ranking higher education institutions in dozens of other categories, many of which are reported in its annual book, The Best 385 Colleges, published in August. Clemson received several rankings in this book, including:



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