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College guidebook publisher The Princeton Review, in conjunction with USA Today, has named University of Richmond to its list of the 50 best value private colleges for 2010.

The list, along with a similar group of public colleges, was released online on Jan. 13 on both companies' Web sites, recognizing “first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid, including some that may surprise applicants,” says Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

Selection criteria included more than 30 factors in academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, based on data from the 2008-09 academic year.

The Princeton Review and USA Today began publishing lists of the best 50 private and public college values last year. Richmond has been listed as a best value both years. In addition, Richmond has been selected for The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, “The Best 371 Colleges,” every year since it was first published in 1992.

The “best values” recognition affirms other top rankings recently awarded Richmond for both high academic quality and affordability through its generous financial aid program.

In November, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond to its 2010 list of 50 best values in private universities. Last August, U.S. News & World Report selected Richmond for a short list of “Great Schools, Great Prices” offering high academic quality relative to price paid. U.S. News ranks Richmond in the top tier — No. 30 — on its prestigious overall list of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.”

For more information on the University of Richmond's rankings, see The Princeton Review's Web site or USA Today's Web site