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Best Bang For Your Buck

Schools where you get the best education for the lowest price

by Explore Editor

Brigham Young University

If BYU is known for one thing, it's the school's affiliation with Mormonism. The influence of Mormon culture on the school is impossible to avoid, but considering that 98% of the student body has ties to the LDS Church, this is generally seen as a positive thing. According to Emily, a sophomore at BYU, "The best thing about BYU is that we're allowed to discuss our religion in class where it is relevant. There are lots of good things about being sponsored by our church-- tuition is cheap, and our church leaders come to campus a lot." Students here seem unanimous about their praise for the school. "It's a fantastic school for the price. Very inexpensive for the education offered," says Josh, a communications major.


North Carolina State University

Despite a lack of widespread recognition, students at North Carolina State seem to really like it there. Says one junior, "NCSU is by far the best school in the country. There are many students here but you would never know it. Everyone is extremely friendly and everyone has a lot of school spirit." Tuition at NCSU is affordable, even for out-of-state students, and the education offered is challenging and beneficial. Hannah, a freshman, says, "The education at State is really dedicated to teaching you information that you can take with you throughout your life, and are geared towards setting career goals for yourself, to improve your future."


University of Delaware

UD is one of the best and most competitive public universities for out-of-state students. So for prospective students that actually call Delaware home (What's that like?), UD offers a top tier education with a very affordable price tag. With an undergraduate population of roughly 13,000, UD offers the perks of a large state university without being too overwhelming in size. "I came here essentially not knowing anyone but by the end of the first week i met a whole different array of people and met some of my closest friends since I've been here. I like the atmosphere that surrounds UD the most, I love how cleanly and modern the campus is and it just personifies a welcoming aura," says Doug, an engineering freshman. Caitlin, another freshman has this to say regarding the "best things" about UD: "great all-around college. Great campus/town, likeable students, great education for a good value, there are things to do and get involved in."


University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is known for its focus on research, as well as the Cathedral of Learning, one of Pittsburgh's most recognizable landmarks, and often used as a "drunken compass" to guide students back home after a night out. Students at Pitt often cite free benefits offered by the school as one of the best perks. " all times, you are within a 20 minute bus ride from downtown. Bus fare is included in tuition, so students essentially ride the buses for 'free.' It was nice to be able to go to the symphony, ballet, or a play as a student," says Lexi, a philosophy student. Julia, a sophomore, explains a few of the things that she loves about Pitt: "It's not a traditional campus, but it's made up of modern and Neo-Gothic architecture surrounded by parks, green space, statues and hills...Free bus passes, museum access and student discounts make for great excursions. People are very involved on campus and serious about the many, many clubs here."


University of Virginia

UVA is one of the most highly respected state universities in the country, and with rigorous academics, a beautiful campus, and an exciting sports scene, prospective students will have trouble finding a better place to spend their four(ish) years of college. MJ, a sophomore bio major says, "UVA is pretty excellent. The social scene is wild enough, academically it is tough, and financially it is reasonable. It is just the right size, and students who go here are proud of it." A junior neuroscience student explains some other highlights: "Faculty and administrators love the students as there is probably one student on every major University committee, even our Board of Visitors (aka Board of Trustees). The diversity of the students from all walks of life and from all over the country and world make this place a truly exciting place to learn."



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