UMKC was named one of the “Top 75 Best Value Public Schools” in the nation by The Princeton Review in its 2012 edition of “The Best Value Colleges.” The review categorizes these schools by tuition, financial aid, program offerings, enrollment, location, academic performance and student survey responses.
The Princeton Review cited UMKC’s affordability, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, the Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the six-year med program as reasons for the high ranking. Also noted was the school’s extensive financial aid.
While The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, the yearly journal is recognized as a leading resource for prospective college and university students.
The Princeton Review also praised UMKC’s faculty: “Some professors are really good and give a lot of insights. They go out of their way to help. They are the experts in their field and are fully absorbed in the subject matter.”
Provost Gail Hackett echoed The Princeton Review’s praise.
“At UMKC, our goal is to attract the best and the brightest students by offering a dedicated, world-class faculty, a comprehensive selection of degree programs and a wide range of scholarship and financial aid opportunities,” Hackett said.
However, The Princeton Review’s praise for UMKC being a solid regional state school only went so far.
The journal noted that UMKC will never be a “Harvard,” or even UMKC’s Columbia counterpart, “but it’s a service that hits an appropriate market.”