JACKSON, Tenn. – Oct. 10, 2012 – For the eighth straight year, Union University has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by the Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization.
The annual “America’s 100 Best College Buys” report evaluates academic quality and cost, and the newest findings are based on a survey of 1,447 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
Union President David S. Dockery said the report doesn’t identify the 100 least expensive institutions, but the 100 best values when measuring quality per dollar invested.
“Union University is pleased to learn of this significant recognition affirming Union’s commitment to keep high quality education affordable and accessible in this region,” Dockery said. “We are thankful to receive this honor which communicates to our students and their parents the true value of a Union University education.”
To be considered for inclusion in the list of 100, an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees and full residential facilities. It also must have had an entering freshman class in fall 2011 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average, and an out-of-state attendance cost in 2011-2012 not exceeding the national average by more than 10 percent.
Union’s average grade point average for entering freshman at the time of the survey was 3.65 on a 4.0 scale. Its average ACT was 26.
Other Tennessee schools included on the list were Belmont University, Tennessee Tech University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Tennessee at Martin.