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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2006

Barron’s Names TCNJ a “Best Buy in College Education”


barronsEWING, NJ … Topping off a year of accolades, The College of New Jersey has been selected to appear in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, available in bookstores now.  Appearing alongside schools such as Penn State and University of California- Berkeley, the College is one of only 247 institutes of higher education nationwide to receive this honor.  Rutgers University-New Brunswick was the only other school in New Jersey to make the cut.

Colleges are selected to appear in Best Buys in College Education based on a number of criteria, including tuition rates and the results of questionnaires given to the dean of students and the students themselves.  The final colleges selected represent “the best combination of sound data and student satisfaction,” said Barron’s publicity manager, Steve Matteo.  At TCNJ, “satisfied students are convinced they’re getting much more than a garden-variety education for their tuition dollars,” Barron’s Best Buys reads.

The “Best Buy” ranking is only the latest honor that TCNJ has earned recently.  TCNJ has consistently been the top public college in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of “Best Universities-Master's” for the northern region of the country, and 2006 was no exception.   Keeping such prestigious company as Duke University and the Ivy Leagues, TCNJ was named as one of Barron’s 75 “Most Competitive Colleges.”

TCNJ ranked sixth on The Princeton Review’s “Happiest Students” list, edging out Yale University (No. 10), the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (No. 12).  TCNJ also emerged as one of the top 20 (No. 18) on the “Most Beautiful Campus” ranking.