Princeton Review Ranks UT Dallas as One of Top Colleges That Pay Off


The Princeton Review recognized UT Dallas for its strong scholarship programs, job-placement performance and sustainability initiatives on campus.

For a fifth consecutive year, The University of Texas at Dallas made the cut in The Princeton Review’s list of Colleges That Pay You Back, a catalog of schools described as “giving you the best bang for your tuition buck.”

The collaboration with Penguin Random House, published Jan. 31, features 200 colleges. Schools are selected based on return on investment ratings that considered 40 data points, including academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

In their 2017 profile of UT Dallas, Princeton Review editors praise the University for its attractive scholarship programs, strong job-placement performance and sustainability.  

“UTD attracts many of Texas’ best and brightest with competitive scholarship offers. A striking number of students name scholarship funds as one of their top reasons for attending UTD,” Princeton Review wrote. “The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, which covers all expenses of a UTD education, stands out as a hallmark value opportunity.”

On the employability point, The Princeton Review noted the strength of UT Dallas’ Career Center, which “sponsors on-campus career expos, externships/job-shadowing programs, internships, and co-ops and industrial-practice programs in conjunction with the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s in-house career services.”

The Princeton Review also cited a number of recent sustainability initiatives on campus to the University’s credit, including the commission of the Office of Sustainability and the opening of UT Dallas’  first LEED-certified building, the Student Services Building, which is certified at LEED Platinum.

The Princeton Review is also known for “The Best 381 Colleges” book, published each August, which also included UT Dallas.

The Princeton Review captured many elements that make UT Dallas special,” said Dr. Andrew Blanchard, dean of undergraduate education. “What’s difficult to capture in print is the excitement and positive atmosphere that we all feel on this campus.”

“We highly recommend UT Dallas and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book.

“They stand out not only for their outstanding academics, but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need. Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and postgrad support.”

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