CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Aug. 1, 2001
UI is the only Iowa school listed as 'Best Buy' in new Fiske college guide
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa offers an inexpensive and high
quality education, according to The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002. The UI is
the only Iowa institution on the Fiske list of 43 "Best Buy" colleges
and universities, which were determined by the quality of the academic offerings
in relation to the cost of attendance.
The Fiske Guide, edited by Ted Fiske, former New York Times education editor,
does not rank universities numerically, but assesses the strengths and weaknesses
of some 300 of the top colleges and universities in the United States and
Canada in terms of academic strength, social life, and overall quality of
"I am pleased that Fiske has identified the University of Iowa as a
place that is committed to high quality undergraduate experience," UI
President Mary Sue Coleman said. "This recognizes the universitys
efforts to maintain and improve its position among the top research universities
in the country, while remaining accessible to all Iowans."
The guide calls the UI "one of the most dynamic schools in the country,"
and says the wide range of strengths, from creative writing to the health
sciences, attracts students to "this budget Ivy League."
"The University of Iowa not only boasts a beautiful campus, it offers
its students a broad range of academic programs, an abundance of social activities,
and a sense of belonging," the guide says. "With its combination
of quality academics, mammoth resources, renowned specialty programs, and
extensive research opportunities, this Midwest school is anything but featureless."
Michael Barron, UI director of admissions, said Fiskes recognition
of the broad scope of academic opportunities at the UI for such a low cost
was extremely gratifying.
"Weve been telling students that there is no limit to what they
can achieve here at the University of Iowa," he said. "There is
so much opportunity because of the breadth of the place. Its great to
have this external confirmation from a prestigious source like the Fiske Guide
to reinforce our message."
The Fiske "Best Buy" recognition follows on the heels of Newsweek/Kaplan
College Catalog 2002 naming the UI one of the top schools in the country for