BYU one of the top 10 best value schools in the nation

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7 2013 8:36 a.m. MDT


This week U.S. News and World Report released a sneak peak at the 2014 best value schools in the United States. Given the increasing debt loads of students (the average college senior will graduate with nearly $27,000 in debt, according to CNN Money), “knowing which schools are best buys — which colleges provide the highest quality education for the lowest price — is imperative,” says the U.S. News.

Students attending the schools on this list may rest a little easier, finals week excluded, knowing they are getting the biggest bang for their buck.

U.S. News will release its full 2014 Best College rankings on Sept. 10.

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Mountain View, CA

Is this even an article? I think it is a list. Where is the data?

BTW, i don't believe it. BYU is a good value, but the macro economic features of the rest of the other schools (all in big cities and very expensive) are comparing apples to oranges.

Hyrum, UT

@ Foxtrot:

You asked where the data is. Without seeing the data, let alone analyzing it, how can you possibly make the determination that you don't believe it... or that it's apples verses oranges?
U.S. News and World Report is usually quite competent with their studies and analysis.

Barb Wire

Maybe some of that 10% should go to paying the tuition for all students attending BYU...now that would be a pretty good deal.

sandy, UT

maybe I should get in-state tuition at any of the UC schools in Cali. Oh, wait, I am not a resident of that state, thus I pay out-of-state tuition. If you are not a member of a religion that owns a school, should you get the discount on the tuition? Sounds a little silly when you think about it.

South Jordan, UT

As an alumni of BYU I will say that it is the still the best university, period, and the best value for the money! I loved going to school there. I loved the honor code and appreciated the university's effort to enforce it. Every class was led by principled and value-based professors. I received a very sound education that has served me well as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The California school district that hired me out of college told me that they were so impressed with the caliber of students who graduate from BYU to teach in their school district that they would hire any of them sight unseen. I tried very hard as a teacher for them to live up to that mandate. I love BYU.

Every year in August thousands and thousands of people from all over the state of Utah and the country come to BYU Education week in Provo where teachers provide excellent teaching and training on hundreds of subjects. Many instructors condense college courses for the 5-day event. There's nothing that equals it anywhere. Before anyone criticizes, please attend and see for yourself.

Go Cougars!

Charlottesville, VA

@BYUAlum: I'm like the Y, too, but how can you say it's the best university of them all based on your attendance? You haven't attended all the others, so how can you compare? It's really just a matter of necessarily less than fully informed personal opinion--that, and rankings.

Los Angeles, CA

The US News and World Report rankings would be silly if they were not so pernicious. However, if one is really interested in university rankings, one should check out the more highly regarded QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Somewhere in Time, UT

This is so funny reading all these gripes from people who just can't stand it. Having also attended the school to the north, I can tell you that BYU is the best--no comparison.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

BYU is the best bang for the buck and even if you are not a member the church still pays for most of the cost of the school for the non-member.

State funded schools in Texas, no matter which one, are still higher than BYU which is a highly ranked private school. Private schools in Texas, like TCU, cost more than 7 times the tuition of BYU and more than 3 times for a non-member.

And, when a student graduates from BYU, that student, on average makes more than any other schools in Utah and most of the rest in the USA.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Interesting that the list is all private schools. And, all have enormous endowments.

tranquility base, 00

The tuition at BYU is about half of state schools in Arizona. I commend BYU. Now if my daughter can just get a 4.0 GPA with extracurriculars and a 2100 SAT to get in....

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