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Best Value Colleges for 2009


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MagnetMom January 9, 2009


The Princeton Review and USA Today have listed the top 100 "best value" colleges in America.  Find the story here:


http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-01-07-best-value-colleges_N.htm

Did your school get listed?  What makes your school a "best value" whether it was listed or not?


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healthy11 January 9, 2009


I've tried the link, and can read the article with the top 10 private and top 10 public value colleges, but I can't view the top 100. I doubt my son's school made it, anyway.

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MagnetMom January 9, 2009


I didn't realize they were going to charge for the article, healthy. But there are some neat features in the article that allow parents to read up on some of the value schools.

Now my son's school gets a mention in another USA Today article for matching tuition with UCLA and UCSB for students who get admitted by those schools. That article is here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-01-07-admission-aid_N.htm

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healthy11 January 10, 2009


On the radio this morning, I heard the list of the value schools that were in my state, and as I suspected, my son's university was not one of them. The only reason it was affordable for us is because they offered him decent scholarships for good test scores and because he's a "legacy."

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MagnetMom January 10, 2009


Don't get me started with "legacy." My son moved in early and that's ALL he wanted on his door, so he fretted that week waiting for the RAs to move in and put his little decal up. He's a dork, but he's my dork :)

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healthy11 January 10, 2009


My son's college has no "outward" recognition for legacy kids...all we get are more requests to make donations and contributions!

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MagnetMom January 11, 2009


We've gotten those requests for over 20 years, but at least the legacies receive an additional scholarship and a little decal on the door. Why this is important to my son, given how much other stuff the RAs tack on the door, I dunno, but the CLU Legacy means something to my son.

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Robin_217 January 12, 2009


Has anyone heard anything about Canadian schools? Would anyone send their child to school in Canada? My oldest's friend is applying to McGill in Montreal (we live in the NE so its not as far as one might think). I hear they are supposed to be a good value, but I don't know what it entails

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healthy11 January 12, 2009


Robin, I had a friend who went to McGill years ago. I don't recall discussions of cost at the time, just they had a good program in whatever he was trying to major in.
Greatschools does have some members from Canada, but I don't believe any of them have children who are college-age, so they haven't been contributing to discussions in this group...
Here's a link to a previous post where going to college overseas was discussed: http://community.greatschools.net/groups/11551/discussion/263768

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DearBabs January 13, 2009


Canadian schools are usually a little bit more than in-state tuition, but more than half-off of private tuition. They usually run about 12000 USD a year. If distance is not an issue for you (I could see not wanting to send your kid to Montreal if you live in Oregon) its a great way to save money. It should be noted that McGill, and many of the other big-name Canadian universities, are usually quite large with little on-campus life after freshman year. So that's a major difference between some US schools and going abroad. If your child can get over that (or wants a big campus in a big city) than the price is certainly a bargain. And Montreal is a super-cool city with a ton of student life OFF campus. check it out!

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MagnetMom January 13, 2009


I think the biggest drawback of a Canadian school, aside from the remoteness would be the weather. The more I talk to parents, the more I realize that if a kid really truly hates the cold, it makes no sense to let them consider schools where they're going to feel trapped for several months of the year.

I love the idea of international school and low tuition, and for some kids it might be the answer.



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