BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-For the second year in a row,
Birmingham-Southern College is among 22 private colleges and universities
nationwide named as a "Best Buy" in The Fiske Guide
to Colleges 2003.
Twenty-two private and 21 public institutions
were cited for the "quality of the academic offerings in relation
to the cost of attendance."
"In the face of today's skyrocketing tuition
rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking
for ways to get the best value for their education dollar,"
wrote the guide's editors. "Fortunately, there are some bargains
to be found in higher education . . . institutions that offer remarkable
educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost."
Among the institutions included as "Best
Buys" are Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Centre
College, Rice University, Stetson University, Trinity University,
and University of Richmond. Birmingham-Southern College was the
only school in the state that was selected.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges is an annual
publication designed as an information resource for college-bound
students and their parents. According to the Fiske Guide,
this year's edition includes descriptive essays on some 300 of the
country's "best and most interesting" colleges and universities
that college-bound students most want to know about. Special emphasis
is placed on academic quality in the selection of colleges and universities
Essays in the 746-page guide focus on an institution's academics,
campus setting, student body, financial aid, housing, food, social
life, and extracurricular activities.
The Fiske Guide is edited by Edward B.
Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times.
Birmingham-Southern College receives consistently
high rankings as one of America's top national liberal arts colleges.