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

Pomona College has been named one of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges for 2011” by The Princeton Review in a study released today in partnership with USA Today. The 2011 list features 50 public and 50 private colleges. Last fall, Pomona College was selected as a Best Value among private liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, which ranked it second behind Swarthmore.

The Princeton Review "Best Value Colleges for 2011" were selected based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance and financial aid. The methodology examined more than 30 factors using data from surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges with strong academic programs. Most of the data analyzed came from surveys conducted from fall 2009 through fall 2010. All cost and financial aid data came from fall 2010 surveys, according to the Princeton release.

Princeton Review’s profile of Pomona College cited professors who are “phenomenal and accessible,” the opportunity for “students [to] regularly work side-by-side with professors in the classroom and in the lab as part of the curriculum,” and Pomona’s policy of meeting 100% of students’ demonstrated financial aid need with scholarships and work-study. It also noted that, “Students here are among the most happy and comfortable in the nation.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president, publishing, "While a college education is undeniably a valuable investment, paying for college is challenging for most parents. Among the 12,000 respondents to our 2010  'College Hopes & Worries Survey' of college applicants and their parents, 86% told us financial aid would be 'very necessary' to foot the bill. "

Pomona College, one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, is known for its distinctive liberal arts education, small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and opportunities for research and involvement both on campus and in the community. Founded in 1887, Pomona College is the founding member of the Claremont Colleges and is located in Claremont, CA, east of the City of Los Angeles.