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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

For Immediate Release

Subject: The Princeton Review & “USA TODAY” Name College of the Ozarks One of the Nation’s “Best Value Colleges” for 2014—Only Three Missouri Colleges Make the List

The Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review recently released its annual list of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges” and its companion book, The Best Value Colleges; The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What it Takes to Get In.  College of the Ozarks received the distinction of being named as one of the “Best Value Colleges.”

The only Missouri colleges to make the select list are College of the Ozarks, Truman State University and University of Missouri—Kansas City.

The 2014 list names 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—and the educational services company identifies  the “Best Values” based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions concerning academics, cost and financial aid awards. 

The book provides a profile on each of the “Best Value Colleges.”  In the College’s profile, The Princeton Review writes, “C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing a quality, Christian education to those  found worthy but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training. ‘My family didn’t have enough money to send me to any other college, and I am not afraid of a little hard work!’ says a student.’”

For this project, which The Princeton Review initiated in 2004 and has reported in cooperation with “USA TODAY” since 2009, the company selects schools based on its analysis of 30 data points with cost data reflecting the school-reported figures for 2013-14 academic year.  The company also factors in data collected over the past three academic years from its surveys of students about their satisfaction with their financial aid awards and academic experience at their schools.

Best Value CollegesThe Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources, as well as it companion book.  Individuals interested in looking at the list may view at “USA TODAY” posted the list in an exclusive interactive database at a dedicated area on its site at  There, users can access information about each college and sort the list in useful ways including by state, tuition, enrollment and average freshman grant.

According to College of the Ozarks profile by The Princeton Review, “Generous donors who believe in what the College of the Ozarks represents enable the college to provide tuition scholarships in exchange for work on campus (if you paid cash for instructional expenses at C of O, it would cost you $17, 600 per year!).”


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