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Thomas Aquinas College Named a "Best Value" College by The Princeton Review

Thomas Aquinas College is one of the nation's 75 "Best Value" private schools according to The Princeton Review in its just-published book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition" and on a special area on its website. Thomas Aquinas College is the only private Catholic college in California to be named a "Best Value," and one of only five private Catholic institutions in the country, along with Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher, "We commend Thomas Aquinas College and all of our extraordinary 2013 ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their stellar academics and for all they are doing to make their colleges affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times."

In its profile of Thomas Aquinas College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the College who were surveyed for the book.  Among their comments: 1) Thomas Aquinas College is a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job;” 2) the College has “a strong Catholic identity” and “a rigorous curriculum,” where “professors … lead you to truth without forcing it on you;” and 3) “You get all kinds of people here — but one thing they have in common is a desire to search for the truth.”

The Best Value Colleges, subtitled "The 150 Best-Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," profiles 75 public and 75 private colleges the Princeton Review designates as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid.  The Company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12. Of the 75 schools in each group, the top 10 colleges are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 65 are listed in alphabetical order.

USA TODAY, the Princeton Review's publishing partner for this project since 2009, has posted the Company's 2013 list and an exclusive database of "Best Value Colleges" information at a special area of USA TODAY.com: http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com  There, users can find detailed stats and facts about each college and sort the list several ways including by state, tuition, enrollment, and average freshman grant.

The Princeton Review selected its "Best Value Colleges" schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from the 650 colleges and universities that the company regards as the nation's academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data came from the Company's fall 2012 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from its fall 2011 through fall 2012 surveys of school administrators. Data from students attending the schools over these years included their assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

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