UMKC named to Princeton Review Top 75 ‘Best Value’ U.S. public universities for second consecutive year

Recognized for ‘outstanding’ business school, ‘fast-track’ medical program and affordability

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Feb. 5, 2013

Contact: Wandra Brooks Green, (816) 235-1601

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities. Again.

For the second consecutive year, UMKC has been named one of the Top 75 public universities in the U.S. by The Princeton Review for “delivering an amazing college experience that’s worth every penny.” The Mass.-based education services company profiles UMKC in its just-published book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition” and on a special area on its website.

Two other Missouri public universities made the top-75 list: Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and Truman State University in Kirksville. No universities in Kansas made the list this year.

In its profile of UMKC, the editors at The Princeton Review praise the school for its “outstanding business programs,” including the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and “fast-track medical program” – UMKC’s School of Medicine – where students can earn a combined BA/MD in six years.

The editors also quote UMKC students who described UMKC as a “university that really cared about its students” from the time they were enrolled. In describing the methodology for the rankings, the editors note that the institutions selected “make measurable efforts to keep out-of-pocket costs reasonable and within reach.” Also, UMKC was commended for its efforts to meet all of its undergraduates’ financial needs.

“We commend the University of Missouri-Kansas City 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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher.

The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition, subtitled “The 150 Best-Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In,” features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings.

The “Best Value Colleges” list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA which has been the Princeton Review’s online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY’s site ( features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including tuition, average freshman grant, enrollment, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.”

The Princeton Review selected its “Best Value Colleges” schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities 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 administrators and students.

“We are very pleased to see that the Princeton Review has recognized some of the things that UMKC has been doing to ensure that our students receive the best, most affordable education possible. We firmly believe that what we offer here, a small college experience in a research university environment, provides a superior undergraduate education as well as access to our nationally competitive graduate and professional programs.” said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., UMKC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. “We will continue to follow our Strategic Plan, Goal No. 1 – ‘to place student success at the center,’ that will help ensure that we continue to attract the best and the brightest students to our university.”

About The University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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