UMKC lands spot on ‘best value’ list

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of four schools in the state named to the Princeton Review’s list of the 75 best value public schools for 2013.

This is the second consecutive year that UMKC has made the list. Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Truman State in Kirksville, and Washington University in St. Louis also were on the list this year. No Kansas schools were included.

In its latest book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition” the Princeton Review praises UMKC for having “outstanding” business programs and a “fast-track medical program,” saying one reason students choose UMKC is “it’s cost effective.”

UMKC is raising its tuition for 2014 by $150. A full-time undergraduate Missouri resident will pay $9,076 a year. But with grant aid at $4,546 for the average student, the actual amount the average student would pay is $4,530.

The schools are selected based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities; each school’s academics, cost and financial aid are considered.

“We are very pleased to see that the Princeton Review has recognized some of the things that UMKC has been doing to ensure that our students receive the best, most affordable education possible,” said Gail Hackett, executive vice chancellor and provost.