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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 17, 2005

UI Quality, Affordability Lead To 'Best Buy' Designation In New Fiske Guide

As the costs of higher education increase nationwide, students and parents are searching for the highest-quality education they can afford. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2006 has the answer: The University of Iowa, a "Best Buy" university.

The UI is one of 17 public colleges from across the country selected as "Best Buys" based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. The UI is the only public university in the state to make the list and one of only two Big Ten universities included.

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 life.

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."

"Undergraduates benefit from the strong health center course offerings," as well as the ability to earn combined degrees in liberal arts and sciences and business, engineering, nursing or medicine, the guide notes. Citing newly-opened buildings and new programs in international studies and performing arts entrepreneurship, as well as certificates in American Sign Language and in museum studies, the guide concludes: "Much more than a campus among the cornfields, Iowa boasts a beautiful university that is ever evolving."

Michael Hogan, Executive Vice President and Provost, said Fiske's recognition of the broad scope of academic opportunities at the UI for such a low cost was extremely gratifying.

"I am pleased that the Fiske Guide has identified the University of Iowa as a place that is committed to a high quality undergraduate experience," he said. "This recognizes the university's efforts to maintain and improve its position among the top research universities in the country, while remaining accessible to all Iowans."

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