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Pomona College Ranked a Best Value Among Liberal Arts Colleges by Second National Publication

Pomona College has been named a “2009 Best Value” in higher education by The Princeton Review in a study released today in partnership with USA Today. Pomona was 9th among Best Value colleges and universities, 4th among liberal arts colleges. Earlier this week, Pomona College was ranked as the Best Value among private liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (February 2009 edition).

The Princeton Review made its selections for 2009 based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president and publisher, "We have always believed finding the 'best fit' college should be the foremost goal for student applicants and their families. But the economic crisis and financial downturn have presented sobering challenges both to families struggling to afford college and to higher education institutions struggling to maintain their programs in the face of budget and funding shortfalls. We are pleased to partner with USA Today to present these schools for all they are doing to provide outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid."

Describing Pomona as “a small, cream of the crop college” offering a “top-of-the-line education in sunny southern California,” Princeton Review noted that Pomona meets 100 percent of the financial aid need of every student, and that last year, the average financial aid package for freshmen was $29,784 and more than $24 million was spent on financial aid.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is located in Claremont, CA, approximately 35 miles east of the City of Los Angeles. On a campus where ivy, oaks and palm trees coexist under habitually sunny skies, Pomona students work hard without losing their sense of fun. Evenly divided between women and men, with students of color making up more than a third of the approximately 1,520 students, Pomona students are admitted on the basis of promise. The College’s need-based financial aid program, which meets the full financial aid need of families, ensures that cost is not a barrier.