Ten Great Colleges That Might Not Be On Your Radar...but Should Be, According to WiseChoice Research

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New Online College Guidance Solution Provides List of Top Ten “Value” Schools That Offer Best Bang for the Buck

"There are a host of excellent colleges that parents may never have heard of, but could end up being the perfect fit for their child," says WiseChoice President Richard Taylor.

With financial aid dollars decreasing and four-year tuitions on the rise, now more than ever, parents and students are searching for schools that may not be Ivy, “party” or sports-oriented, but offer great value and rewarding academic and social experiences. WiseChoice (http://www.wisechoice.com) -- an online college guidance solution that uses proprietary matching technology to pair students with colleges that meet their academic, personal, financial, and lifestyle needs -- today released a list of its “Top Ten Value Schools” that parents and students should consider in their searches.

“Parents and students often think that smaller, lesser-known schools might not offer a complete college experience, or that larger, well-known schools are not within their financial reach -- but, that is simply not the case,” says WiseChoice president Richard Taylor. “There are a host of excellent colleges that parents may never have heard of, but could end up being the perfect fit for their child. Conversely, students may be surprised to find that the bigger schools can be affordable through various scholarship opportunities. That’s where WiseChoice comes in, by introducing new schools based on a student’s comprehensive profile into the college search mix.”

The WiseChoice Top Ten Value Schools

  •     Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  •     Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
  •     University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  •     Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
  •     University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  •     Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
  •     University of Texas, Austin, TX
  •     Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  •     Soka University, Laguna, CA
  •     Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Released today, the list reflects diversity in locale, size, student population, scholarship opportunities and study emphasis. WiseChoice has identified a few key facts that parents and students may not know about the selected schools:

Cornell: The Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Human Ecology; and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations offer lower tuitions than other Colleges within this Ivy League university.

Catholic University: This school offers subsidized federal nursing scholarships and loans, as well as many merit-based scholarships. Institutional employment and off-campus job opportunities are available to students within the District of Columbia.

University of Pittsburgh: Located in a great “college city,” the University of Pittsburgh is considered one of the major research universities of North America, affording students the opportunity to work in hands-on environments directly with their professors.

Winthrop University: Unusually small (5,000 undergraduate students) and featuring lower-than-average tuition, room and board for out-of-state students ($28,000) for a public, Division-1 institution, Winthrop also offers a beautiful campus in close proximity to Charlotte, North Carolina.

University of Florida: A powerhouse in engineering and business (in addition to athletics), this school features an ethnically diverse campus. Total annual cost of attendance is under $17,000 for in-state students, with thousands of their students receiving merit-based scholarships.

Truman State University: With low-cost public school tuition for both in- and out-of-state students, TSU provides a private school feel on its Georgian-style campus. Seventy-three percent of its 5,500 undergraduates receive merit-based aid, in addition to the extensive need-based and athletic scholarships that are also available.

University of Texas: This school’s Honors Program is considered one of the best in the country. The Plan II Honors Program is a small, Ivy League-type program within the larger institution, and has produced a large number of Rhodes, Marshall Truman and Fulbright Scholars.

Montana State University: This school offers numerous scholarships (up to $15,000 per year) for non-residents of Montana, including a large number of scholarships for freshmen.

Soka University: Located on hundreds of acres next to the Pacific Ocean, Soka features a new campus with all-new facilities. The school features an international focus, providing healthy financial aid packages to both U.S. and international students. Students from families with an annual household income of less than $60,000 may qualify for free tuition.

Seattle University: This university provides grants and scholarships to 87% of its students to help off-set tuition costs. With a vibrant, urban campus in downtown Seattle, this mid-sized, private Jesuit college is committed to “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”

About WiseChoice
Launched in October, WiseChoice is the most comprehensive online college guidance solution currently available and features expert advice, scholarship information, personalized financial aid scenarios, school statistics, academic outlook and reviews by more than 100,000 surveyed college students. By matching students with the “best-fit” college options across all facets, WiseChoice aims to help students have a successful college experience both in and out of the classroom.

Unlike other college search and selection sites that offer limited resources, WiseChoice helps parents and students figure out how to pay for college, identify scholarships and financial aid, and develop a payment plan. WiseChoice can even calculate the true overall cost of college – including tuition, room and board, fees, travel, personal expenses, books, etc. – before students even apply to schools to ensure that students and their families incur as little debt as possible at college graduation.


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