First, Brigham Young University was recognized as a "good buy" in the college edition of Money magazine. Now it's the University of Utah's turn.

In the 1990 edition Barron's 300 Best Buys In College Education, the U. lays claim to the title of "the best all-around school between the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley."U. officials are thrilled with the recognition.

"It's a significant statement that we are included in Barron's guide. It gives us some of the national recognition we've earned and deserve," said Patricia Goldsmith, director of student recruitment and high school services.

"We really aren't as appreciated in the state as we are nationwide. It takes an outside consultant to tell us we're a national pocket of excellence."

The publication praised the U. as being a public institution open to any qualified applicant, having a suburban setting and having a very positive student-faculty ratio of 15 students per faculty member, with 90 percent of the faculty holding doctorates.

Barron's assesses the U. student body as intellectually, socially and ethnically diverse. Out-of-state students account for 17 percent of the total, while minority or foreign students representing 88 different countries comprise 10 percent.

Other U. aspects noted in the article are specialty libraries and a main library where everything is computerized, a network of 400 computer terminals located around campus and open 24 hours a day, outstanding ballet and dance programs and ties to the community's cultural activities.

The colleges of engineering, business and fine arts all benefit from "3 double Fs: fantastic faculty, funding and facilities," the report states. "Within the College of Social and Behavioral Science, students find excellent opportunities for internships through the Hinckley Institute of Politics," a psychology faculty "eager to teach," and a family and consumer studies program that's "advanced in the field." Within the sciences, "chemistry and physics provide rich opportunities for student research" and the physical therapy program within the College of Health "is excellent."