UGA ranked 9th

The University of Georgia ranks 9th as the "Best Value" public college for 2009, according to The Princeton Review, which teamed with USA Today to present the "Best Value" Colleges list for 2009.

According to The Princeton Review, "The University of Georgia's star is rising in academic reputation, as a result of notice from the popular press and the prestigious awards and grants bestowed on faculty and students."

The "Best Value" colleges list, reported in the Jan. 8 print edition of USA Today, and on and, features 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "best value" choices for 2009 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid: lists tallies were made using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2007-08 academic year.

The Princeton Review previously reported annual "Best Value" public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its website and in its book, "America's Best Value Colleges," which was published from 2004 to 2007.

Recognition by the Princeton Review follows that of another national publication, Smart Money magazine, which named UGA the university with the fourth "Best Payback" relative to its cost.