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Union named one of nation’s top college buys

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 11, 2011 – For the seventh 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 1,449 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

“It is an honor for Union University once again to be named to the list of America’s 100 Best College Buys,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “The recognition underscores and reinforces Union's commitment to high quality academics, while prioritizing the affordability and accessibility of such quality for our students and their families.”

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 2010 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 2010-2011 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 25.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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