MACON – Mercer University is one of the nation’s Best Value Colleges for 2022, combining exceptional education and career preparation at a relatively affordable price, according to The Princeton Review®.

The Princeton Review chose 209 schools for its 2022 list, released on April 26, based on data from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2021-22 academic year. Topics covered academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt and more.

The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools as well as data from PayScale.com’s surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction.

In all, The Princeton Review accounted for more than 40 data points to tally return on investment (ROI) ratings of institutions that served as the basis for the Best Value Colleges selections.

“The schools we chose as our Best Value Colleges for 2022 are a select group: they comprise only about 7% of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “We commend their administrators, faculties, staff and alumni for all they are doing to educate their students and guide them to success in their careers. These colleges are also exceptional for the generous amount of financial aid they award to students with need and/or for their comparatively low cost of attendance.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the Best Value Colleges hierarchically on a single list, from 1 to 209.

Mercer received an ROI rating of 86 on a scale of 1-99. In the University’s profile, The Princeton Review’s editors praise the institution for its “focus on research and leadership,” which “enables students to quickly get involved in both academic pursuits with professors, as well as leadership positions in the extracurricular of their choice” and aims to produce graduates who strive to “make positive changes in their local community and the world.”

Students surveyed said, “Mercer always strives to make [us] successful in the present and more importantly in the future,” and “You would be hard pressed to find a single Mercer student that has not done a fairly extensive undergraduate research program.” The opportunities provided to students make them “uniquely equipped and competitive” for prestigious national and international fellowships and scholarships.

The Princeton Review is also known for its other college rankings in dozens of categories, many of which are reported in its annual book, The Best Colleges, published in August.

About The Princeton Review

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Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​