College guide publisher The Princeton Review has selected University of Richmond as one of the nation’s best colleges in terms of academic preparation, affordability and career opportunities.

The Princeton Review developed a "Return-on-Education" (ROE) rating to winnow its list to the 200 best value colleges for this new book. ROE measures 40 weighted data points – everything from academics, cost, financial aid and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The schools “stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid or both,” said Publisher Robert Franek. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

In the university’s profile, one student said, “The Career Development Center provides invaluable connections for arranging internship and employment opportunities for all students [year round].”

University of Richmond recently announced “The Richmond Guarantee,” a university promise to fund one summer research or internship experience for all traditional undergraduate students. The awards total up to $4,000 per student.

“The Richmond Guarantee combines Richmond’s rigorous classroom environment with opportunities to test that knowledge in the world,” said University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers. “Students at Richmond have remarkable opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, and those opportunities prepare them well to fulfill their aspirations in graduate school and in the professional world.”

The complete list of ‘Colleges That Pay You Back” is available online at http://www.princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back.

University of Richmond consistently ranks as a top-tier liberal arts college and a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, SmartMoney magazine, Forbes.com and other leading college guides.

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