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Union named one of nation’s top college buys for 9th straight year

Fireworks over Miller Tower during the recent Family Weekend event. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Fireworks over Miller Tower during the recent Family Weekend event. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 7, 2013 – For the ninth 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 1,452 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.

“We are delighted to learn that once again Union University has been selected as one of America's 100 Best College Buys,” Dockery said. “This announcement, coming at a time when people are asking important questions about higher education, is a strong affirmation of Union's commitment to value that is exemplified by high quality academics, which remain both accessible and affordable.”

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 2012 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 2013-2014 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 3.70 on a 4.0 scale. Its average ACT was 25.3.

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.

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

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