UI Named Top 25 Best Education for the Money by Forbes Magazine

Friday, July 26 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is among the top colleges in the nation according to Forbes magazine. The publication just released its annual list of “Best Value Colleges.” UI earned a spot at number 25. UI also ranked number 352 on Forbes’ overall list of “Top Colleges” across the country.

“Value is a product of quality and cost. The Forbes article is the latest evidence that the University of Idaho delivers quality education in a highly cost-effective way,” said UI Interim President Don Burnett.

For the “Top Colleges” list, Forbes looked at factors directly concerning incoming students and their parents, including quality of classes offered, on-time graduation rates, debt incurred and professional career rate upon graduation. Burnett said these are very important metrics, especially when value is a widely discussed topic for prospective students across the nation.

The quality of education received and the price are the two key factors taken into account for the “Best Value” list. Only three other west coast universities made the top 25 “Best Value” list, the University of Wyoming, Brigham Young University and the University of South Dakota.

Earlier this month UI was rated number one in the state for the highest return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online, with a $730,400 ROI. Affordable Colleges Online evaluated schools based on tuition, fees and career earnings.

These rankings validate the University of Idaho’s commitment to offering a world-class education that prepares students to succeed in the global job market.
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About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Big Sky Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.

Media Contact: Andrea Thomas, University Communications, (208) 292-1401, andreat@uidaho.edu



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.