University of Oregon a top 'Best Buy' according to Fiske Guide

University of Oregon a Fiske Best Buy
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When access and affordability meet a world-class education, it makes for a “best buy” for university students, a title the University of Oregon recently received as a Fiske 2016 Best Buy School.

The UO joins 19 other public and 24 private colleges and universities on the list, which recognizes schools for quality academic offerings and affordable cost.

This is the fourth time the UO has been included as a best buy in the Fiske Guide.

Called a flagship university in a great location, the “UO might be the best deal in public higher education on the West Coast,” the guide said.

“Affordability and access is one of our key priorities,” said Roger Thompson, UO vice president for enrollment management. “I meet with students and parents daily as they consider one of the largest investments a person can make in their future.

“Amongst our peer institutions, we are the rare university that can offer top academics while focusing on ways to attract, support and graduate diverse talent, especially first-generation college students. It is an honor to be recognized by the Fiske Guide for this work.”
Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide looks at more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Oregon State University is the only other Oregon school included this year.

The Fiske listing comes on the heels of the UO’s latest rankings in Forbes’ top colleges and U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges for 2015. 

As the listings acknowledge, the UO leads in efforts to graduate students to help students and families with affordability.

The National Center for Education Statistics ranks the UO in the top 10 percent nationally for helping students finish what they’ve started. The UO is the No. 1 public university in Oregon for four-year, five-year and six-year graduation rates, and it is the top public university in Oregon for retention of freshman to the sophomore year.

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—By Public Affairs Communications