The UI made the grade - a Top 10 ranking - in this year's "Money Guide: Your Best College Buys Now," a special edition published by Money magazine. Of 100 four-year undergraduate schools listed in the guide, which appeared on newsstands Sept. 5, the university was ranked the ninth best "higher-education value." In a news release issued last week by the magazine, the UI was described as "a huge school boasting an enormous range of academic and social opportunities at a bargain price." The magazine based its ranking on 16 criteria, including entrance-exam results, faculty resources and deployment, library resources, instructional and student services budgets, four- as well as five- or six-year graduation rates, and default ratios on graduates' student loans. These data were then compared with each school's tuition and fees to arrive at a value rating. Excluded from the rankings were schools dedicated primarily to education of clergy, as well ones that require an affirmation of faith from students; that aspire to graduate students with a particular world theological view; or that require religious study of any nature as a significant academic requirement.