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June 26, 2009

UI earns 'Best Buy' designation in new Fiske Guide

In the face of today's rising tuition rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking for ways to get the best value for their education. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010 has supplied one answer, naming the University of Iowa one of its 44 "Best Buy" universities.

The UI is one of 20 public colleges from across the country selected as "Best Buys" and is the only Big Ten university to have the title. Two other Iowa institutions, Iowa State University and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, are also included in the Best Buy list.

"The University of Iowa strives to offer a high quality education for an affordable cost, so it is particularly gratifying to be recognized in the Fiske Guide for these efforts," said Michael Barron, UI director of admissions and assistant provost for enrollment services.

The Fiske Guide does not rank universities numerically, but assesses the strengths and weaknesses of more than 330 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The 44 "Best Buy" selections were based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. To determine the list, Fiske researchers combined the cost data with academic and other lifestyle information about each college and university to determine what institutions offer really remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.

"One of the lesser-known facts of life about higher education in the U.S. is that price and quality do not always go hand-in-hand," says Fiske. The guide calls the UI "a bargain compared to other Big Ten schools such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, and adds "Iowa is world-famous for its creative writing program and Writers' Workshop."

The University of Iowa has been named a Best Buy in the 2006-2010 Fiske Guides, as well several others in past years.

For more information on the Fiske Guide, visit and For more information on UI Admissions, see

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