Adelphi, Md. (Jan. 29, 2014) -- The Princeton Review, in partnership with USA TODAY, has named three named three University System of Maryland (USM) institutions to its list of "Best Value Colleges" for 2014.

The USM schools honored are the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), Salisbury University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). They are among the 75 public universities selected, from a survey of 2,000 higher education institutions.  

UMCP, the USM's flagship institution, was recognized for its comprehensive aid program, wide selection of merit-based scholarships, and outstanding honors program. The university "offers a comprehensive aid program for students who demonstrate financial need. But it's the university's full suite of merit-based scholarships that make a (from UMCP) an exceptional value," Princeton Review wrote. More details can be found at

UMBC received the same distinction from the Princeton Review in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

The Princeton Review praised Salisbury University's "stellar academic programs coupled with the benefit of a state school price tag." More details can be found at

In compiling its rankings, the publication evaluates factors such as academic quality, cost of attendance, and financial aid.

All three USM institutions, and Towson University, were named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" in 2013.


USM Institutions in National Rankings


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